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Critical Thinking for UX Designers (Or Anyone, Really)

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Monday 14th March, 2011

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

Love creative problem solving, but need something more practical - something specific to User Experience? Russ and Stephen will share with you the exercises they use to solve the REAL problems.

You'll flex your critical thinking muscle through a series of jumpstarter activities. Even better, attendees will be encouraged to participate, if not embarrass themselves in front of a room full of their peers as they challenge themselves to see past the first, obvious - and often incorrect - answers, and start to flip problems on their heads to see solutions from a different view.

Session Takeaways

  • Gain a better understanding of what critical thinking is, why it is important in the world of User Experience Design
  • Identify ways to evaluate the visual and verbal messages in your work
  • Spot artificial constraints to focus on the root problem(s).
  • View problems from a different perspective and remove yourself as a consumer/user.
  • Learn how reframing problems can lead to radically different solutions.
  • Dissect problems to uncover solutions you may have previously overlooked.

LEVEL: Intermediate

About the speakers

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Russ U
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Christina Wodtke

Ideas are nothing, execution is everything.

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When

Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Mon 14th March 2011

Where

Ballroom A, Austin Convention Center

Session type

Dual

Session Hash Tag

#critthink

Short URL

lanyrd.com/sctgf

Official session page

schedule.sxsw.com/…event_IAP6044

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Books by speaker

  • Speaker Camp
  • Designing the Conversation
  • A Project Guide to UX Design

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