Sometimes you need to ask me for some information. Most of the time, I’m not really sure why you want it. My gender is an example of one input field that I’m never sure what people are doing with it. I understand that you could do something, but I don’t think most people are.
Sometimes the best user experiences aren’t that you went through and did a ton of research to re-architect the entire experience, but that you thought about what could be valuable and made something just a bit better.
I am renting camera equipment for an upcoming trip, and I found the user journey to be kind of interesting. I will first detail my journey for renting the equipment, talk about challenges I had with the site, and then talk about how I came up with a pricing model that should enable a new UI design.
I am back at it again with Inkscape. I have regularly sketched these interesting layered art concepts where it looks like each layer has been cut away to reveal more depth. Below are just a few I had on hand.
I remembered sketching a cool pig and a moon concept years ago, but I couldn’t recall if I had taken a picture of it. I went to my Google photos and started sifting. Then I had the great idea to try searching for the term “Yellow” because I thought it might have been on a yellow sticky note. While I got many great photos with the color yellow, this one was not there. Then, I went out on a limb and tried to search for the term “sketch”. I was shocked at how well Google identified my sketches! There it was, near the bottom. This should tell you how long ago this sketch was created. In fact, Google claims the photo was taken back in September 2011!
Sketching with ink is definitely the right strategy for the UX field. Ink is so rigid and yet so flexible.
Some people think about ink as a tool that locks you in, but really I think it unlocks you. Other tools lock you into the viewscreen (or sheet of paper). You think, how can I manipulate what is on this page to work, and you use other tools such as an eraser to correct mistakes and manipulate based on change, wasting valuable time.