I created these comics as way to illustrate how I discovered I’d been practicing user experience discovery methods all along.
Parenting is a never-ending iterative problem-solving process.
I want to begin working as UX designer again.
I stepped away from my UX career after graduate school to be a parent. During my time away, I did a lot of graphic design but little UX design. When I reentered the UX field 9 years later, I was in for a surprise. I’d forgotten a whole lot. As I scrambled to catch up and refreshed myself on all the tools and methods, I realized a lot of the situations I encountered as a parent could be described in terms of UX research.
Any activity with a group of kids always begins with a bathroom check.
The idea to illustrate UX methods through the lens of parenting came when I realized that giving a child a choice of ice cream flavors was a lot like A/B testing.
(Granted the story in the comic is not exactly a true A/B test scenario but you get the idea.)
Never ask a kid what kind of ice cream they want. Instead, give them a choice between two or three options.
I recently worked on a project on that needed a ton of storyboard creation and iteration. Honestly, I was intimidated by storyboards – my drawing skills with pencil and paper are mediocre at best. But if I wanted to get paid, I had to use them. I got much better at storyboards and realized that basic, simple shapes are very effective at telling a story.
My kid eats her vegetables. But she won’t eat any fruit…
No task is ever as simple as a task analysis makes it seem.