What the UX…?

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The end goal of any design is for that which is designed to do what it is created to do. If something designed to be used by a person does what it is supposed to but is awkward, difficult or unpleasant to actually use then your design is a failure…

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…UX is short for User eXperience; it is a growing field that focuses on the process of enhancing user satisfaction with a product by improving the usability, accessibility and pleasure provided in the interaction with the product.

Craig Brown offers some insight:

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A good designer knows what the UX is going on.


Make it better. Mess it up.

Early in any design project is a time of uber-creativity; brainstorming, mind mapping, problem-solving. The creative process is a stumbling block for many in the early stages of design; writer’s block, complacency, indecision. To push yourself to greater heights of creativity it’s helpful to find a way to make a mess of things.

There are many ideas on how to systematize your creative process but Tim Hartford tells the story of how a teenage, german music promoter was responsible for pushing a musician to create the best selling jazz, piano album of all time by providing him with a broken piano:

Creation is messy:


Intentionally inserting some randomness, discomfort or resistance into your creative process will push you to do more than you thought you could, to do better than you thought you were able – If you want to make it better, make a mess.


Defeat Myths, Become Legend

Hans Rosling spent his adult life turning facts into useful information, fighting to dispel myths in order that we may act according to reality and do real good. Hans Rosling passed away earlier this year. His efforts have been heroic in scope; to remember and learn from him is the only fitting memorial.

Myth: The world is getting worse.

Statistics affect our view of the world, which affects how we behave in the world; bad statistics are like monsters: zombies, basilisks, trolls and the like – destroying rather than creating. A man who is known for slaying those monsters with grand style, Hans Rosling has become legend.


Zombie GoldFISH statiSTICKS

Zombie statistics are demonstrably false facts that enter into our social consciousness – eat our brains – and won’t die. About two years ago a misleading report was released stating the average person now has an attention span shorter than that of a goldfish; 8 seconds. Recently; BBC’s More or Less spoke to experts to put down this zombie statistic once again.


Zombie statistics:




Possibly the ‘patient zero’ article that began the infection:




Jimmy was infected early and passed it on to millions:

Today, the infection is going strong:

A bullet to the head for this Zombie:


Hopefully, this is one Zombie FISH STICK we don’t eat whole.