UX Reflective Journaling Week 1

UX Reflective Journaling Week 1

So here we are, after one week of taking the UX course. Full disclosure, before deciding to take this course I attempted to apply for a few full-time UX jobs. With my design experience, I felt like I had the necessary tools and experience to “Fake it till you make it”. I was mistaken, there are so many nuances in UX that one has to learn, and so far I am glad I decided to go down this path of learning and enlightenment.

After completing all the exercises reading and videos, I wanted to highlight what had the most impact on my week. Reading “The Design of Everyday Things” by Don Norman took the cake. I was really impressed by how it broke down the important concepts in UX and design while relating it to real-world situations. Specifically I liked learning about “affordances”. An affordance is a term that describes when a physical object can convey important information on how you can use them.

Using affordances in design is a tool I plan to use moving forward. They allow users to quickly learn how to use something naturally without the need for manuals or excessive tutorials. As I continue in the course and beyond it will be interesting to see how these concepts translate to both physical and digital products. I am excited about the new exciting world of UX.

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Jan Morris

I am what some would call a "jack of all trades. I enjoy all forms of creative expression, I believe everyone has a story to tell and it is all worth listening to. My true passion lies the pursuit of creative knowledge and understanding.

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. -Leonardo da Vinci

Jan Morris a "Jack of all trades" worked with small with businesses, start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and globally renowned industry leaders. His skills include Photography and Photo Editing, Web Design and Development, Video Production and Editing, Branding and Identity Design, and digital design deliverables.

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