UX Resolutions for 2011

New Year’s Resolutions tend to be self-focused, but what about something more altruistic. Some resolutions that touch others besides ourselves?

Now, I’m not talking about world peace, or stopping hunger (although there is nothing wrong with those). What I am talking about are things we, as UX practitioners, can do to improve the the projects and products we work on.

We should be more concerned about our industry as a whole.

Some ideas to get us started:

  • design for mobile- not just as an afterthought. Mobile may be the primary interface sooner than you think and it would do us well to treat it with the priority it deserves
  • accessibility for all- there is a lot of talk of accessibility & 508 compliance…not as much action. I’m looking at you, Apple!
  • HTML5 use- why are we still using a mish-mash of technologies and workarounds when this beautiful code is just waiting to tie all our CSS and interactivity together in an easy-to-read format?


What are your thoughts? Please add your most important UX resolution.

4 thoughts on “UX Resolutions for 2011

  1. I’d like to add another resolution. Is February too late? I don’t think so.
    I want to be more creative this year. More creative in my designs, yes. But also more creative in my solutions, testing and analysis. Usability is a blend of art and science and I’d like to develop the art side of it this year.

  2. After attending Rachel Hinman’s talk on Mobile UX yesterday evening, I am inspired to create distinctly mobile experiences. She talked about focusing on what mobile does well. Specifically: temporal, spatial and semantic relationships. I plan to attack each new mobile project with an eye for editing out everything from the app or mobile site that mobile does NOT do well. It was a good talk, although I didn’t necessarily agree with her call to action for designers to throw away all that has come before in terms of GUIs and create brand new out of the box designs completely new for the mobile space.
    I think there is a reason that the metaphors taken from the real world (folders, desktop, files) work…People understand them. There is no reason to throw out the baby with the bathwater. Any changes we make as designers will likely be small steps that lead the public in a new direction rather than a paradigm shift (Steve Jobs & his “genius design” iPod excused).
    For a look at Hinman’s slide show and discussion, please see a previous post: http://fritzboyle.com/?p=1136

  3. Adapting to new technologies can be a double edged sword; while many advances in science and technology can improve our lives, there are times when a new invention, meme or fad just distracts us from developing relationships and moving forward as an industry.

    There were many casualties from the dot com boom/bust that are good examples of how people jump onto the bandwagon (the internet) without truly thinking about whether their product or service has any value or contributes to the community.

    As long as the new technology is sound and there is an actual need for an adaptation to that technology, I agree that businesses and society as a whole are benefited by them.

  4. Hi Fritz,

    Nice list of ideas! In my opinion, adaptability to newer technologies can do wonders to several professionals, users, and businesses.

    Regards,
    Asha

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