Last week I was honoured to give the opening keynote presentation at the inaugural UX Indonesia conference, the first conference focussed on User Experience to be held in the country.
I’d been to Indonesia just once before. At the age of 21, I began what is a common rite of passage for young Australians: six months of solo world travel with an enormous backpack strapped to my back. My first port of call on a six-month solo journey around Europe was Bali, and during that week I caught three things: a monster wave, a love of Indonesian spices, and a severe case of Bali Belly. Fun times.
17 years later, here I was returning to Indonesia to deliver a presentation titled What the @#$% is UX?, and teach a workshop on Sketching Experiences. In the same vein as the video on this topic, I spent 30 minutes unpacking the term “user experience”, what it means for newcomers to the field, and how to best navigate a career in this exciting, nebulous industry.
My slides from the presentation are below; there’s a lot missing from the context, but you may find them interesting to flick through as I reflect on some of my past projects (and shine the spotlight on some former workmates!).
And while Jakarta is not necessarily a must-see destination (it’s a difficult city to get around—you haven’t seen gridlocked traffic like this!) it is a convenient jumping-off point to mind-bogglingly beautiful beaches, islands, and tropical wonders. I did have some time after the conference was over to take advantage of being in a remarkable part of the world …
… unfortunately, in keeping with tradition, instead I spent my final couple of days in Jakarta clutching my stomach, unable to venture far from a restroom. Whether it was a gulp of swimming pool water or something else that got me, Indonesia had the last laugh. Again.
I’ll still be back.