Last Week’s Thoughts (2)

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Hello, I’m enjoying writing this because I never know what the week will bring. It gives me one more thing to look forward to. Happy New Month! I am biased but August really is the best of all ūüôā

Ebola

It seems otherworldly, like Sci-fi, the speed at which it kills and the fact Ebola has no cure is frightening. Ebola finally got to my country. Knowing that all my family is there, makes it realer than real. I have friends in the North of Nigeria who said they heard Ebola was killing people in Lagos. This drove home¬†the importance of knowing and sharing accurate information,¬†Social Media doesn’t reach everywhere so be responsible as you become ‘Personal Media’¬†

But what is Ebola? Forbes tries to sum it up here, What You Need to Know about Ebola. A couple of Nigerian devs put this up EbolaFacts. However there is hope, some people have survived the viral infection, I caught Ebola in Guinea and Survived and I think those who work as doctors, nurses in theses places are heroes, Saving lives on the Ebola frontline in Guinea

Hopefully a cure will come soon in the mean time share the word

 Crazy Love

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Sites I like

There are a few sites that struck me this week, I have to highlight some.

>> Wahanda, For all your spa and relaxation needs. I think it’s well ‘engineered’ things work as expected, do I have negatives?, sure, but the positive experience outweighs the negative that it beomes¬†negligible.

>> FirstThings, When I first opened this site, the first thing that hit me was how readable it was. For those wondering, the font is Sorts Mill Goudy. It’s not just the font though, it’s everything working together for good.

>> ManServant, We are still not sure if this is a joke, but it’s hard to fault the execution of this site.

Christmas & Music

I never really thought about it before, who my favorite European ‘Classic’ composers are.¬†It came upon my thoughts via a book and the sound of a traditional Christmas hymn composed by Vivaldi. Suddenly, I wanted it to be December.

At the moment my favorites would be Mozart, Chopin and Strauss.¬†Their life stories are equally fascinating. Chopin is reported to have said “Play Mozart in memory of me…”

Being Mum

It was my mother’s birthday, one of my closest friend and my niece’s birthday last week but I’ll talk of my mum. She was pregnant with me at my current age, I was going to be her 4th child then she had 3 more. I was about 10 when she got her MBA, she already had a degree in Maths.

I grew up in an environment where my mum stood for father and mother, in fact I didn’t realise ‘inequalities’ existed and for that I’m grateful. ¬†It gladdens me that she has seen half of us get married with grandkids to boot, I know that makes her very happy.

Nigerian Weddings

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It’s hard to beat the grandeur of an above average Nigerian wedding. The outfits alone are intimidating. Check these sites for more

Barbie & Ken’s Big Nigerian Wedding

Love Nigerian Weddings

Classism

I love airplanes but I’m not really fond of spending 6+ hours in them, so when Etihad introduced it’s new A380 Residence suites,¬†it made me balk. Though I feel flying first class is now worth the money, leather seats and ensuite shower in the air, I couldn’t help think about the widened gap between the Moneyed and the Non.

Why are people not railing against the blatant classism? ¬†I ask myself. Money happens to be the biggest discriminator yet the most tolerated, why is this? I asked my Uncle who is a philosopher and he said it was because the Nons are greedy and want to get to the Moneyed’s position, they surely don’t want to get there and find everyone on the same level, figures.

Sharing’ ¬†is not Caring

When Airbnb introduced their new brand and stories, I was taken aback. I didn’t expect to dislike it so much, so much that I can’t book anything on the site. It says something about belonging anywhere, a reality I do not share amongst other things.

It made me think a bit more about this whole ‘Sharing’ business. It’s not really sharing, if I have to pay you for something, that’s a business transaction. Sharing is a gift.¬†A HuffPo blogger wrote this recently, Sharing is Caring. But not in the Sharing Economy

Our Callings

It was fascinating to hear someone talk with so much passion and excitement about working in hospital, delivering babies, A&E runs. You certainly want that person attending to you when you have to be in hospital.

Curiosity drives passion and passion gives you energy to fulfil your duties in the best way possible. I can’t imagine being excited about being anywhere near a hospital, but talk about design and watch me go. You see, that’s the interesting thing about life! We all have our callings, and we need each other. There’s no ‘na my own¬†better pass’¬†find your calling and work it.

Quotes of the Week

“Boredom is like pain, a signal to attend to something in you, crucial” Antonia A.

“Evil people make alliances, not friendships, and then they break them when they are of no more use.” Anthony Esolen

“I’m not creative” is a self-fulfilling prophecy – Author Unknown

“There is no art in the possible, there is art in making the impossible possible” Karl Smith

“One of the things I found beautiful when I got introduced to computing was the key combination ALT-F4. You can ALWAYS start again” Victor Asemota

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Health Advice

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Till next week, Be wonderful.

UX For Rookies

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Picture by Steven Lewis

A number of¬†questions about how to get into UX and what¬†it is, have come to me over the years. The things detailed here are fundamental, I try to remind myself constantly and keep them close to my heart. I am¬†a UX Rookie in many ways, there’s just so much to learn! Some are words of wisdom learned from those who have gone before me. These things form the basic foundation of a person who will make good in user experience.

About UX

” User Experience is involved in; defining who the audience is, what they can do, how they can do it and matching the aspiration of the content provider with the desires of the audience” – Karl Smith

User Experience is complex. It has such a weight of responsibility that you constantly have to assess the why of it. ‘Why am I doing this? when it would have been more straightforward to be a doctor’. User Experience is about systems and the interactions within and without. User Experience loves and looks to the future while, at the same time considers strongly what the past has been, what the present is and how to get there. If this does not appeal to you, might be best to¬†consider something else.

About You

“Curiosity undergirds Passion, so stay Curious¬†” – Antonia

There must be an in-depth desire to understand and love your fellow humans. How do they interact with each other?, work together?, make use of objects? etc. This role requires Initiative, Objectivity and Humility. One must be able to practice emergent leadership, taking ownership and responsibility for a number of things. The ability to say ‘I don’t know, but I am willing to learn’ Where you can be¬†confident in what you do without arrogance. Humility enables you to work in a team which UX thrives on. It’s not about not stepping on toes, it’s about being able to say, ‘I’m sorry, Pardon me’ when you do so. ¬†Objectivity helps you in the constant negotiation UX is involved in, balancing constraints, contexts and solutions.

Do you delight in creativity? a spot of original idea? The need to validate intuition with data? An intense desire to understand and communicate the essence of things? This could be for you. While the top personalities in this area of work, have the N, T and J component (MBTI – See recent survey by Jonathan Shariat)¬†Any ‘type’ is valuable to the process ( I am INFJ )

Ways To Learn

“Experience is the source of Wisdom” – Leonardo Da Vinci

The best way to learn is by practice and experience. Theories are great, I love theories but they are much better when validated through work in the real world.  There are a few good schools which instill the principles of design and design thinking around the world.

Experience by proxy is also important which entails listening to/ reading about what others who have been there have to say. In the mean time and after, start by visiting Karl Smith’s blog. Karl Smith is a renowned User Experience consultant and has been honoured by the British Computer Society for his eminence and significant contribution to the fields of UCD and User Experience with a Fellowship. What I love most about reading his writing is the honesty on UX without any fluff.

Some posts I particularly enjoyed and are good to start with

Getting into User Experience 1 and Part 2

The difference between UX and Design

Never Bring a UX portfolio to an interview

In the next 5 years the term ‘UX’ as a role might¬†be out of fashion but if you have these as your foundation, I don’t think you can go wrong in whatever creative endeavor you partake in. It is also very important to pass knowledge on.

“…Give as freely as you have received” – Jesus

Amen.