Friday, May 30, 2008

Explaining UX to 3rd graders



Here's my presentation. It turned out that the biggest challenge was forcing myself to leave out all the things that someone needs to know to REALLY understand user experience and only leave in the few things that a 3rd grader would be interested in... and can understand in 20 minutes.

I'm not sure the prez will make complete sense without my talking points, but I think the flow is fairly self-explanatory.

I gave the presentation this morning and it went really well. Not surprisingly, the idea of designing video games was a big hit with the kids.

BTW, "Tyler" is my son, "Ms. Stephenson" is his teacher, and "Easley" is the name of his elementary school.

7 comments:

Dr. Pete said...

That's fantastic, Terry. The sad thing is that some of those 3rd graders probably understand software development better than some of our clients. Come to think of it, I might show some of my clients that presentation :)

A friend of mine mentioned that, as a kid, one of his classmate's Dad's was the President of Lego Corporation in the US. All I could do was think about the poor guy that had to go up after him on bring-your-dad-to-school day.

Joshua said...

Very nice slideshow Terry. I was worried when I saw how many slides there were, but you added lots of fun graphics and kept things simple. Particularly, the "there are all kinds of different designers" slide felt effective. I bet it was a very successful presentation.

Terry Bleizeffer said...

In the real presentation, there were only 14 slides, not counting the title and questions slides. The number of slides increased in slideshare because I had to "fake" the animation. Slideshare also did some strange things to my images - slideshare apparently doesn't like gradients or transparency, surprisingly.

I also showed the slides to my mom - she thinks they were at the right level for her too. =)

Harry Brignull said...
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Harry Brignull said...

Nice slide deck. I agre with Dr Pete - those kids now probably understand UX better than a lot of clients out there!

Nico Druif said...

I have seen this slideshow before, but still wanted to say that I absolutely love the clear and funny way of explaining UX design!

Terry Bleizeffer said...

Thanks, Nico, I appreciate the feedback.