I'm doing the Daily UI challenge. (See http://dailyui.co/ to join in)
I'm in two minds about this idea. I'm all for the concept of deliberate practice, and have been thinking about what self-driven exercise might be suitable for training core UX skills. The issue with this one is that I don't really identify as a UI designer these days; but I've thought of a way to make this more of a UX challenge than plain UI.
- Practice UX Triage – an inspiring method for thinking more efficiently about UX flows
- Practice Crazy Eights – a great tool for getting past the obvious ideas and pushing thinking harder
- Explore different visual styles – as I suspect most designers do, I often feel stuck in my usual design tropes and fallbacks. It's interesting to explore alternatives without fearing commercial repercussions. I want some of these UI ideas to fail. Some visual styles I'm intrigued to draw on include vintage modernism a la Josef Müller-Brockmann, Jan Tschichold, and El Lissitsky; post-modernists like Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, and Neville Brody;
- Get feedback: hopefully straightforward, brutal feedback. This is one of the hardest but most important parts of deliberate practice.
- Develop my skills and taste.
I'll post the finished results and the work behind them here.
I've slightly adapted the UX Triage process for my own ends here.
- Understand: draft a problem statement that captures the core problem you are attempting to solve.
- See|Do: map out the things the user will see, the actions they can do and the interplay of both
- Atom Gathering: for each See/Do step, list all the atoms that make that up
- Crazy Eights: 8 sketches in 5 minutes exploring how the atoms might be presented
- UI concept: distil and combine the atoms and design the concept
- Critique: appeal to the community for frank criticism.
So please take a look and shout at me with your critique.