Wicked Ambiguity and User Experience

A session at GIANT Conference 2015

Tuesday 16th June, 2015

3:30pm to 4:10pm (EST)

A keynote on aliens, nuclear waste, wicked problems, and the one big thing that unites everyone working in user experience: AMBIGUITY.

See a video and the full transcript of this keynote at http://www.jonathoncolman.org/20...

How do you solve the world’s hardest problems? And what do you do when they’re unsolvable? As user experience professionals, we solve problems for people who live and work in the here and now. We define the problem, dive into research, break down silos, and build value by focusing on intent.

But how does our UX work change when a project lasts not for one year, or even 10 years, but for 10,000 years or more? Enter the “Wicked Problem,” or situations with so much ambiguity, complexity, and interdependencies that—by definition—they can’t be solved.

Using real-world examples from NASA’s Voyager program, the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, and other long-term UX efforts, we’ll talk about the challenges of creating solutions for people whom we’ll never know in our lifetimes. The ways we grapple with ambiguity give us a new perspective on our work and on what it means to build things that last.

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Jonathon Colman

Product UX + Content Strategy at Facebook, Keynote Speaker

11 attendees

  • Ashley Kolodziej
  • Christopher Moyer
  • Jonathon Colman
  • Joshua Mauldin
  • Kathryn Yu
  • Alaina Coppa
  • Chris Thomas
  • Sam Spicer
  • Tim Maiura
  • Tim Makoid
  • Jamie Thomson

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  • Dorrie Hutchison

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Time 3:30pm4:10pm EST

Date Tue 16th June 2015

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