How ‘User Experience’ Can Help Achieve Success in Life
Look at the apps you installed on your phones.
Your favourite apps became your favourite because they’re easy to use and you had positive experience when using them.
Some that you’ve deleted before were probably because you didn’t have a good experience while using them.
They have gone through extensive ‘User Experience (UX)’ processes and updates.
The typical definition of UX is how a user interacts with and experiences a product, system or service.
It includes a person’s perceptions of utility, ease of use, and efficiency.
Improving user experience is important to most companies, designers, and creators when creating and refining their products.
It’s a common term used by most tech companies.
Apple for example, they don’t only build great products but they also put in great UX into their advertisements, at the Apple stores, their website and up to the moment when you unbox an iPhone — all the tiny details.
Go to YouTube and look how Steve Jobs used to present his keynote speeches. They put in a lot of UX in his presentations.
Observe the length of his speech, the words he used, what’s presented on the screen and the whole experience of the annual event.
No wonder Apple fans go crazy every time they launched new products.
The thing is we do practice UX all the time.
Maybe not as much and/or how it should be.
If you want to bring in UX into your life, it requires a lot of empathy and constantly putting yourself in other people’s views.
This itself is not easy and requires constant practice.
Think about how you can introduce UX into your day to day life:
1. Applying for a job — check your CV or resume. Is it what the hiring manager’s looking for? Is your CV easy to read?
2. Pitching to investors — is your pitch deck too confusing? Are you telling the right story?
3. Running a business — can your customers reach out to you easily? Do you provide a good customer service?
4. Meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents — how would you portray yourself? How do you make a good first impression?
5. Delivering a speech — how do you capture your audience attention? Can you get your message across effectively?
6. Organizing a party — can your guests find your place easily? How about the food that you’re serving?
7. Interacting with your colleagues — do you communicate effectively? How about creating a great team work?
8. Onboarding new staff — what’s their experience on the first day? First month?
UX and UI are often used interchangeably, but the truth is that there is a world of difference in their meanings. UX stands for user experience design, whereas UI stands for user interface design. While both share a professional relationship, their roles vary depending on the different aspects of the product development process and designs.
In fact I’ve put in some elements of UX into this post but I admit that it can never be perfect, unless if it goes viral.
How do you improve user experience?
Improving user experience starts with creating the right level of engagement between everyone involved, including your users. The ultimate goal is to make the adoption process simpler, and have everyone excited and committed, and embracing the technology, as soon as possible.
There are thousands of more examples on how user experience can help you achieve success in life.