Webstock ‘12: Jared Spool – The Anatomy of a Design Decision

Excellent talk, funny, revealing, with a large variety of examples, some healthcare industry samples between them.

What are the habits of highly effective design teams? The best designs come from not one, but hundreds of well-made decisions. The worst designs arise out of hundreds of poorly-made decisions. All that stands between you and a great design is the qualify of your decisions. Where do they come from?

For the last five years, we’ve been studying how designers make their decisions. When do they use outside information, such as research about their users? When do they go with their gut instinct? When do the designers look to past decisions and the lessons they’ve learned?

What we found will surprise you. In this presentation, Jared will take you on an entertaining deep dive into the gut instinct of the best designers (without looking at all the gooey parts). You’ll learn five styles of decision making, from Self Design to Experience-focused Design, and which style produces quality results. Prepare to learn how to be a better designer, as Jared shares the secrets of the best and worst.

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UX Lead at Ebury and graduated as a Computer Engineer at the University of Granada. In the past, I've worked as a teacher, consultant, and developer. Designing valuable technology for people is what I enjoy the most.

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