UX for Startups: Affordance In Product Design In Everyday Life

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Last month I happened to meet two people who have different problems in using their iPhones. This is not the first time that people have asked me about iPhone’s hidden features though, it did make me think about what is behind this and what I can do about it.

The problems they reported were both related to the concept of affordance in product design.  According to Donald Norman, the author of the book The Design of Everyday Things, affordance “refers to the perceived and actual properties of the thing, primarily those fundamental properties that determine just how the thing could possibly be used.”

For instance, a text box affords writing and a button affords clicking on a web form. You don’t need to provide instructions like “please fill in…” or “please click…”, and people will know what it’s about. This is how affordance can be illustrated in everyday life. In this article, I would love to share some problems my friends had met in their daily use of the iPhone and my thoughts on the application of affordance in design.

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#SUMHK Feb 20: How to UX your Startup’s Product or Service

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The simple answer is: you don’t.

Unless your product or service has no human touchpoints, then your product or service *is* the UX – and you should be thinking about this from day one.

This talk is part rant, part workshop/roundtable.

The rant will cover:

  • why UX is not a verb a brief history of UX
  • a brief overview of some lean UX techniques.

The workshop/roundtable will cover:

  • you talking about your startup, how it’s user centred (or not)
  • some quick wins to make it more user centred

As usual, the meeting is at BootHK, 19/f, 231-233 Queen’s Road East in Wan Chai and will start at 7:30pm.

UX Myths

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UX Myths collects the most frequent user experience design misconceptions and explains why they don’t hold true. And you don’t have to take our word for it, we’ll show you lots of researches and articles from design and usablity gurus.

This is good stuff. It will continue to be updated, so keep up with it.