Small Moments in Big Data

A session at EuroIA 2013

Friday 27th September, 2013

4:45pm to 5:30pm (GMT)

Information should inspire and challenge us, but most of all it should make us think.

I define Information Architecture as trying to better understand the connections within an environment. I want to make the argument that it's not really our data that's important, it's the people behind the data. Our job is to enable better connections and amplify the stories of individuals - not reduce them to fit the constraints of our technology.

I'll talk about how I believe that big data is just noise. Small connections or 'small moments' are what matters. These are stories that belong to individuals, like a customer receiving great customer service – the result of an interaction with an individual rather than a company.

The role of design is discovering and working with these 'small moments'. I'll talk about how we can do this using design research, discovery and synthesis. I'll consider the importance of slow thinking, and make the argument that collaborative learning is our most powerful tool for validating our thinking and ideas.

To be successful companies need to better understand the experiences of their customers. This is more than just designing great products or tools, it's about every moment and every touch point a customer has with their organisation. To do this we have to become better problem seekers before becoming better problem solvers.

In this talk the audience will learn about design research and creating better customer experiences through both product and service design. I'll show how simplicity isn't always the marker of 'good' design, especially when seen in the wider context of how individuals interact with a product or service.

It takes time to properly understand our most complex problems. Design is hard and this is why it matters.

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Ben Holliday

User Experience Designer at FreeAgent

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EuroIA 2013

Scotland Scotland, Edinburgh

27th28th September 2013

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Time 4:45pm5:30pm GMT

Date Fri 27th September 2013

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