I am starting to get a little frustrated on the volumes of tweets and blogs I am reading about UX, mainly because my vision and what we are doing here at Caplin gets watered down through most people’s myopic view of what we mean by UX.
I read a definition today about what UX means and although the article was quite informative and covered a lot of space in the area of UX I was still complex on why we continue with this definition:
“User experience (abbreviated as UX) is how a person feels when interfacing with a system. The system could be a website, a web application or desktop software and, in modern contexts, is generally denoted by some form of human-computer interaction (HCI)”
Pretty much what wikipedia says.
But I totally disagree. UX is certainly about providing the user with a more engaging experience, but the only way to achieve this is to “walk in their shoes”. Go and do some contextual studying, immerse yourself into their lives, build some personas and NJMs then you may well get your nose out of those wireframes into the real UX and deliver something that does deliver a good user experience.