Yesterday, at 4pm I was at the session about the UX Apocalypse by Dan Willis, which was awesome - I learned a lot and it was super entertaining.
The points Dan made inspired me to look at UX as a practice a little differently. I agreed with him - over the past 10 years I have observed UX designers evolving to be facilitators, encouraging teams to contribute their thoughts and ideas. The world is changing with the different types of devices, approaches, and Agile. Agile has influenced a whole different way of thinking about collaboration and transparency in our work.
I loved the illustrated characters in his presentation, especially the dancing stakeholders and the little user pacing with his tablet. I could watch them all day!
He started his talk by asking the audience what they learned. I wish I raised my hand to say "I see dead people" in reference to Alberta Soranzo's talk about what happens to your Internet profile on social media after you die (How will your loved ones experience you? How could you close it down?).
I started remembering a bunch of other talks over the past 3 days and realized how much I learned!
The How-to list includes:
- Believing in myself more as a creative entrepreneur
- Launching a customer-centric business
- Managing creative teams
- Facilitating constructive feedback
- Soliciting feedback from "non-designers"
- Including "non-designers" in the design process
- Seeing everyone as a designer
- Importance to tell the truth
- Always learn every day
- Creativity - lots about creativity
- Motivation to realize I can do anything I put my mind to
I'll be processing all of this knowledge for days.
While we were all reminiscing, I got a little sad. I realized this was the last talk of the Giant.
This was it. Nada mas.
I wanted to show up at the Charleston Music Hall on Thursday for yet one more keynote. I had to make some hard choices during the entire conference - which sessions to attend, and which I would let go. I wanted a way to see and hear the talks I missed while I attended another talk in another hall. I wanted to hang out in Charleston a few days longer (I really love Charleston!).
I wanted yet another day to get inspired and see the world a little differently.
After the talk, the organizers got onstage and closed out the conference. I then went to my hotel room. But I went back a different person. I was inspired to make some changes:
- Rebrand/rework Gearmark (that has been on my to-do list for a while, but I wasn't sure what to do with it. Now I have an idea.)
- Write some blog posts - I have like 10 ideas at least to work on.
- Revise and finish some online courses I created. I started them but haven't been able to finish, publish and distribute. I now am inspired to get those done.
- Connect with some of the presenters and exchange some more ideas. They are just awesome people!
I felt energized to get out there and do things and process/create new ideas.
I will have to wait until Giant UX comes back again in 2016 to do this again, or rather, do this again, but differently. I can't wait!
Quick update! I forgot to add anything about creating memorable experiences and how that works with the lowest emotional experience vs the most intense emotional experience and the net is what you remember about it. I took so much away from that one!