Lately I have been working with a company giving UX advice and revising wireframes for their new site. It has been a fun and rewarding experience!
Friday it struck me once again, with a sappy sort of realization how creative the user experience design process is. This should be evident but by the word, “design” but often the process is not thought of as so.
Product Development as well demands such creativity (and really any of the web professions, when you need to problem solve and develop).
I wrote a WHOLE post about creativity, tips, etc, but that needs to be honed and posted another day. (Edit: That day has come! Seven Tips for Keeping Creative while on a Deadline)
But for now I present a metaphor…
I like to think of the product development & user experience process like sculpting.
You happen upon a big lump of concept in which you can see a glimmer of an fully formed profitable product inside.
You chip at it and make something that you think is pretty darn good looking, using inspiration from experience, other artists out there (past and present), books about sculpting and what you know about your future viewers.
But then you step back or have an art critic look at it… And its a hunk of crap.
And with the feedback you roll up your sleeves and jump back in with your chisel.
And repeat this… for who knows long until FINALLY you step back, look at it from all angles, have that critic come back over to gander, show your mum and some random passerby… and it is right! Or right enough to test further. 🙂
Funny things is it often looks MUCH different from what you originally invisioned… but if done right…