I came across this video today made in 2008 by students from the IIT Institute of Design. It introduces design research and contextual inquiry and demonstrates what not to do when interviewing people. If your keen for tips on what makes or breaks a research session, its well worth watching.
I put my juvenile interviewing skills to use by asking my friend and UX pro Dori Miller why she is planning to swim a double crossing of the English Channel. Thats right, Dori plans to swim to France and then back again and all for a good cause. Check out her answers to such probing questions as “Is peeing while you swim and getting that warm feeling the best thing that will happen to you on your epic challenge?” on her blog: Over the Bounding Main: Eriettas Top Ten Questions about Channel Swimming.
Stephen Page is the head of publishing house Faber and Faber. He was interviewed by Monica Attard on Radio National for Sunday Profile last week. This post summarises the interview.
Philipp von Kiparski has a Bachelor of Arts in Information Design from the Stuttgart Media University, Germany. His degree was based out of the Faculty of Information and Communication. Philipp has just completed his second internship as an Experience Architect here in Australia, at Different. I thought it would be appropriate to kick off this interview series with a recent graduate of a course focussed on user centred design. This interview was recorded on 28 January 2010.
The aim of the interview series UX Studies, is to look at and discuss the education paths people have taken to skill up for their career in the user experience field.