UX Toolkit. Whaa?
abloodworth at berkeley.edu
Thu Jan 29 18:42:18 UTC 2009
Quite a while before the Fluid Project began, Ian Crew and I at UC
Berkeley started writing a series of articles on user-centered design.
We talked about a "toolkit" which contained different UCD tools that
you could pick from to use in different situations. This concept is
very familiar to me, and I've always really liked the name. I think
it's helpful because it also emphasizes the fact that UCD/UX isn't a
big, heavy process containing multiple steps which *all* need to be
followed, but a toolkit of different techniques that you can pick from
depending on the needs and constraints of your project. Additionally,
I don't really see the Toolkit as guidelines--I see it as how-to's on
the different UCD tools/processes along with templates, artifacts and
I am wondering if the problem may have been the change from the name
"Designer's Toolkit" to "UX Toolkit"? Maybe UX is being conflated with
going back to "Designer's Toolkit" make it clearer? If not, my second
favorite suggestion so far is "Designer's Handbook."
As this is a pretty important deliverable for us that we'd like to
make sure folks can find, we might want to ask some other designers
and developers who are interested in UCD outside the Fluid project
what name would give off the most "scent" for them. We all may be a
little too close to the situation. :) I'll send a message out to the
user-centered design list at Berkeley and cc: fluid-work.
On Jan 29, 2009, at 9:58 AM, Paul Zablosky wrote:
> I like the term "Handbook" -- a source of information and techniques
> for a professional or a craftsperson.
> How about calling it "Designers Handbook" ?
> Erin Yu wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>> As I was reorganizing the Fluid website, I was reminded of the
>> unintuitiveness(!) of the name "UX Toolkit". Some of the new
>> members our team were confused by the name as I was when I first
>> heard it.
>> General reactions were:
>> "What is UX?"
>> "Toolkit sounds like it's something technical. Something developers
>> would use."
>> "Toolkit for user experience. What could it be... Is it like
>> If I was looking for information on say, "how to do user testing",
>> I would never think to click on something called "UX Toolkit". We
>> have great stuff in UX Toolkit, and I think it will be seen and
>> used more if the name was more intuitive, perhaps something like
>> "Design Guidelines".
>> What do others think?
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