Just make it easy!

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As society continues to grow, both literally and within the user  world, there have been a lot of pushes to make it easier to use amongst all the generations. Whether technology, or communication, applying a standard design to make it easier for others to perceive you is at the utmost of your importance.  According to an article by User Focus, User-Centered design is “a development method that guarantees your product, software or web site will be easy to use.” Never did I know that speciality of something like this but it seems to be such a prominent focus in society today. There are so many different focuses throughout the internet that state what is appropriate and what is not, by I am going to give you my advice on making this user centered design practical in today’s world.

Although I have trouble with this myself, your number one focus when trying to reach this user centered design is to make sure that you know what your focus is. Sometime when we are writing, producing a project for school, or even communicating to an employer, we are unsure of what we are trying to say. You must have a definitive objective or reason to build off of. By doing that, you will have already taken steps in the right direction. This is a hard place to get to, but if you read this article by howdesign.com that this focus come from research and knowing your audience. One of the most essential things that we communicate with today is a resume. Some people change them based on employers and some do not but it is so important to understand who you are showcasing yourself too. If you are applying to a restaurant they probably would like to see if you have restaurant experience- therefore, if you have it make sure to not leave that out. Create and maintain that focus of the user.

The technology industry is continuing to grow and as millennials moving into the business world, it is important that we also understand how to use this user centered design in the way that we might develop something. An iterative design is one of the most important aspects of the user centered design. When assessing user testing, issues must be fixed. If you’re have issue with your product, chances are everyone else will as well; even if they seem to be happening not as frequently as you feel. In my eyes, this iterative design goes for a lot more than just technology, but software, business plans, paper prototypes, and many many more. Usabilityfirst.com explains that this user centered design is bridging the gap between people and machines, but my thought it that you can apply it to way more than that. This iterative design that is such an important part of the user centered design is really relevant to more than machines. The user interface that machines hold can also be looked at as the user interface that other use to communicate with you as well. By being easy or others to communicate with you, it supplies you with more opportunities for growth and to eliminate the problem that you may have.

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7 thoughts on “Just make it easy!

  1. i spoke very similarly to how user centered design can change how were viewed in the work place. It is a very important skill to have and should be used effectively. Especially how you mentioned the first thing anyone will read about us in a job interview is our resume, and we need to have it formatted many different ways for certain jobs. Like you said if we keep the same user-centered design style of writing in all of our resumes that is very important.

  2. Taylor,
    Our blog posts have very similar ideas, and I can agree with a lot of what you are talking about. Great advice! It think it is a very important skill for us Millennials to be great writers…especially as we begin our professional careers shortly. Great blog post!

    -Aaron Berns

  3. Taylor, I can definitely relate to your point in the second paragraph about not exactly knowing what you are trying to say. Sometimes when I am writing I begin to veer away from my points and I won’t even notice. It is very important for us, as we transition into the professional world, to make sure we know what to focus on and express it in a clear and understandable way. I also like your point about writing your resume in a way attractive to specific employers in different industries, etc, rather than just using one resume for everything. By changing your resume to meet needs of employers looking for different skills I believe you are more likely to a potential hire. Great post!

    -James

  4. Taylor,

    Like everyone else seems to be saying, our ideas match very closely and you make some great points. It’s not just you, but every millennial struggles with the focus of their paper or project. It’s not like we have no idea on what we are saying, we just struggle at times to stay on a certain topic and sometimes drift off and talk about other topics that aren’t as important in the paper. Technology is improving on the daily and if millennials can create something that is easy to read or navigate, we are on the right track to using user centers design correctly. The reason we have spent two weeks on a blog post about user centered design is because it is a very important skill to learn as millennials head into the business world.

    Jake Gonzales

  5. Taylor,

    Definitely have to agree with everyone else! Putting an exact focus on paper or a project can sometimes be very difficult. I know I have a tough time not rambling on about random stuff, but revision is my/our best friend! I also find myself and many other people repeating themselves and not having a clear point that they are trying to convey. Going into the business world I think it is incredibly important that we narrow down on this skill and perfect it so we can be and look as professional as possible!

  6. Taylor,

    I really like where you bring up the resume. I completely agree with the point that resumes should be tailored to each job/industry. I also completely agree that iterative design goes beyond just technology, but to business reports and memos etc… All of the articles you linked were awesome, thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi, great post! I agree with your assessment in the beginning of the article. Never ever assume that your audience knows your perspective, your agenda, or what you’re trying to say. Of course you know exactly where you’re going and what you’re after in the publication, but you have to separate yourself from that. Pull yourself out from being embedded in your work and try to look at it as an outsider to make sure you understand where you are coming from. Better yet, maybe try to find an outsider before publishing just to make sure.

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