What on earth is all this User Experience business that people keep talking about? Well, in essence it’s the science of how people interact with everyday things. It’s the difference between doing something and not thinking about it and being driven insane with frustration.
I work in the digital advertising industry (for a company called Jaywing), so that means I work with websites and mobile applications (amongst other things). I ‘tweak’ things to make them easier for people to use. That can be from where a button is positioned on a website, to how I want you to interact with a website, application or game.
There’s a lot of psychology in what I do – human nature plays a big part in how things are defined. We are all creatures of habit, and it has a role to play in how things are designed. We, as people expect things to do certain things, to be in certain places and to behave in certain ways. I learn from what people do and apply it to what I produce.
User experience doesn’t really have an ‘end product’, I don’t design in colour and I don’t build with code. I just help to produce things that people don’t get frustrated with.