Our UX specialists and designers headed over to this year’s NUX7 to discover the latest in UX trends and best practice.
Jake and Jess, from our UX team, headed over to the Royal Northern College of Music for the annual UX conference in Manchester – a full day of talks on design, UX and project delivery.
Jess, one of our key designers, told the team she enjoyed the event, with “insight into how other UX designers solve problems on a day to day basis, along with staying up to date with the latest trends in UX.” Jake also enjoyed the conference , enjoying “being present at an event surrounded by other UX professionals and being brought up to date with the current UX climate”.
But what knowledge did the team bring back from NUX7?
What Topics Were Covered?
There were many talks and topics covered throughout the day, which both Jake and Jess have brought back and shared with our wider team, ready to take forward in our upcoming projects, such as:
- Common issues faced by UX designers in the workplace
- How to run better workshops and meetings
- How UX and design can work across teams
- How to mitigate risk and build solutions into software
Whilst all of the talks that the team went to had their fair share of insights and takeaways, there were a few standouts:
- ‘How to Re-Shape Projects’ (Kate Tarling) – with insights into questions to ask in the early stages of a project.
- ‘Great Workshops, Great Teams’ (Alison Coward) – with a focus on the need for a workshop facilitator in discovery workshops and how to be more inclusive.
- ‘Everything Connected’ (Christopher Murphy) – how to try new tools, look for new opportunities and start new challenging side projects.
- ‘10 Easy Ways to Irritate Your Design Team’ (Jane Austin) – a fun talk with what not to do!
Jake, our UX Consultant, told us that “Jane Austin’s talk was very fun and poked at a lot of real problems design teams face and resonated with us, along with offering solutions and practical advice for tackling the problems.”
Jess enjoyed Jane Austin’s talk too, saying she “especially enjoyed this talk. It felt relatable. Essentially, by doing the opposite 10 things to what was on the list, we would cultivate the best environment for designers to produce good work.”
The key takeaways from the event were simple:
- Design workshops should be enjoyable, informative, inclusive, productive, progressive and planned;
- Design for the future;
- Look after your users;
- Say ‘yes’ and shit your pants later.
With these new insights on UX and design, our team are well prepared to share this knowledge with the retailers we work with and the wider team, so that we can all deliver projects smarter, quicker and more efficiently. We’re sure we’ll be back next year!