Articulating Design Decisions: Pick the brains of an expert!

Articulating Design Decisions: Pick the brains of an expert!

Summary:

On Tuesday lunchtime (Melbourne time) Matt will be recording an interview with the marvellous Tom Greever for our next podcast episode. We’d love to include your questions in the podcast, anything to do with articulating design decisions, managing stakeholders, or team collaboration.

On Monday morning Tuesday lunchtime (Melbourne time) Matt will be recording an interview with Tom Greever for our next podcast episode. Although it’s late notice, we still want you to send in any questions you’re itching to ask Tom. Matt will then include as many questions as he reasonably can, and the finished podcast will be published here on UX Mastery in February.

Who is Tom Greever?

Tom Greever is a user experience and interface designer. By his own description, he “makes things: design, mobile, web, apps.” He is UX Director at Bitovi, a firm that does web application consulting and training. And he is author of a book recently published by the highly-respected O’Reilly Media, titled Articulating Design Decisions. This book aims to help you communicate with stakeholders, keep your sanity, and deliver the best user experience.

This topic is UX gold, and exactly why we’re interviewing Tom in the first place.

What kind of questions can I ask?

That’s easy: you can ask anything to do with articulating design decisions, managing stakeholders, or team collaboration.

Yes, it’s a broad topic, but contains issues that are critical to success in a UX project. Everyone needs to get better at talking about design, right? Every designer has had to justify designs to non-designers. Yet explaining ourselves in a way that is compelling and that fosters agreement is really hard:

  • Maybe you’ve struggled to explain your design decisions when put on the spot
  • Maybe you’ve had a manager overrule one of your decisions
  • Maybe your team has disagreed about which direction to head with the design
  • Maybe you’ve been frustrated with how your vision for a project has been eroded by stakeholder input.
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We want to hear all your project problems, team issues, ideas and questions about any of this stuff, and will pass it on to Tom.

How to send in your questions

You’ve got just a few days to share with us any questions you’d like asked. Please get them to us before 8am Jan 25th 12pm Jan 26th, Melbourne time (UTC+11 – see what time that is for you).

Let us know your questions over in the community forum thread.

Why are you letting us do this?

Why not? We love your questions. UX Mastery’s goal this year is to support you to become better UX practitioners, whatever that means for you. We want to arm you with skills and information, and as part of that goal we’re giving you the opportunity to pick the brains of as many experts as we can lure, starting with Tom.

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  • Hi Tom, working agency-side one of my biggest challenges is being bought into a project at the last minute, often with very short deadlines to meet. This can mean lack of time for research, having to resort to questionable 3rd party research and sometimes being unable to take any research out at all (despite pushback), relying on hypothersizing solutions that aren’t validated. Although the obvious answer is to move on I enjoy the challenge of making a change in a tricky environment. What advice would you have for this situation?

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