Information Arcitecture with Dave O'Brien - June Meetup Review

Dave O’Brien is an Information Architecture legend, with more than 20 years of experience in the field. He created the TreeJack tool with Optimal Workshop, and is the author of the upcoming book Tree Testing For Websites. We were very privileged to hear him talk about two of the best tools to help define an Information architecture: Card Sorting and Tree Testing.

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Steve Krug: Are You Nuts? (You're not usability testing...)

We were very fortunate to have one of the original UX gurus speaking here in NZ, courtesy of Optimal Workshop.  These are some of my 'takeaways' from the event:

  • Usability = attribute of good design
  • "How many people do you need to see trip on the carpet to know that it's enough?"
  • The 6 Maxims:
  1. Start earlier than you think makes sense
  2. Build in a testing morning each month - test whatever's available
  3. Recruit loosely and grade on a curve
  4. Make it a spectator sport
  5. Focus ruthlessly on a small number of the most ruthless problems
  6. When fixing problems, always do the least you can do
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How to approach a UX project - March event review

If you’ve ever taken a dip in UX waters, you’ll know that the pool is deep. There is plenty to cover and explore, which is what makes user experience such a fascinating and sometimes complex topic to learn about. Quite often you’ll hear about all these great activities, methods, and insights that will be incredibly useful WHEN you actually get to that part of the process where you can apply them. But what if you don’t know how to even start a UX project? You might have been given a problem to solve or have been tasked with finding out about your end users and their needs. Cool. Now what?

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