Have ideas and thoughts about IA or UX that you want to write about but you:
A. Don’t want to set up a blog
B. Don’t have time to keep a blog
C. Just have one or a few ideas that are ready to “write about”. Not enough for your own blog.
D. Just want to test the waters and see if you can do it, or
E. Want to publish it to a new audience?
Well then… perhaps we can come to an arrangement. I personally love writing for my blog. It keeps me sane because it allows me to voice my ideas and opinions, while hearing your thoughts about those ideas and opinions. It takes me away from the day to day and launches me into conversations that I may never have had.
Unfortunately, for the next month or two, I’ll be too booked up to write as much as I’d like. (no worries though, I’ll be jotting ideas to pen once I return). And, although interns Chris and Kofi have been doing a great job contributing content, I thought I would give others the chance to contribute as well.
So I’m looking for guest bloggers for the Keeping It Real About UX blog. Here are the requirements I’m looking for:
You have an idea or opinion about IA or UX that you are passionate about (could be anything).
You are in the field or you interact with/think about the field.
You are a newbie, an expert or somewhere inbetween.
You have the ability to keep it real :-).
Interested? Drop me an email and let’s get to it!
Part of the 5 Minutes a Day blog series
I ask you this. Why is it that every time I’m on a project that runs into a road block during the visual design phase… why is it at this point that people start to question and pay attention to my IA work? Is it because my work is flawed (always a potential)? Is it because they “favor” the visual designer (highly unlikely since we are both teammates on the project)? Or is it because client simply cannot grasp that information architecture of a system?
And… can they not grasp the IA of the system because I am not explaining it clearly? Or is it that the idea is too abstract? Is it that IA is simply too complex?
I don’t have any answers to these questions, but today I am in a sea of deep client frustration. I spent months pouring over a concept model and IA that is one of the best I’ve ever produced, and now, at the point of design, it not only comes into question (which is natural), but it is deemed as flawed. Further the client has spent a great amount of time with it, and now wants me to address the flaw that she is convinced is there (as if I spent a few hours with it, and don’t already have answers to each concern and question she has).
So, I ask you all this…. am I the only one that faces these woes? If not, how do you usually handle them to help the client understand your point of view and your work, while also addressing their feedback and concerns.
~ Yours “Sad in NYC”
Inspiration. All to often I find myself to be, what I think is, uninspired. It’s true. Currently I’m working on a project where my job is to help facilitate the MVP for a skunk works division of a major media & publishing mogul. The project lead asked me yesterday, “Are you excited about the project? Isn’t this project exciting?”. I looked him dead in the eye and say “Not yet. I’ll be excited when I know the answer”.
Perhaps this is one of my fatal flaws. That is, my absolute need to have a great answer before I can get excited about what I’m working on. You see figuring out the answer doesn’t excite me. In fact, it stresses me out! However, with each project I work on I go through this same process, and at the end of the stress, I always end up excited at the answer, because I know it’s the best answer we, the team, could have come up with.
Which brings me to my original thought. Am I just an uninspired person? What is inspiration really? Think about that for a second. What does inspiration feel like and think like? We’ve heard that inspiration comes in many forms, but what IS it… really?
I don’t think I have an answer to this question… but do you?