Tuesday evening I attended a UI/IX meeting. This is something I intend to do more of in the future, get to network with people in the industry and gain an insight into the thinking of experts in the field. There was three speakers and the emphasis was on service design. The first speaker, John Lynch covered service design for cities. The second, Gerry Scallion was back in Ireland after spending some time in Australia to give a talk about “the come down after the Design Thinking sugar high” and the final talk was by business coach Michel Cloosterman who’s talk focused on Lego design thinking and serious play.
One thing that stood out to me was the need for name value pairs the majority of service design and in order to create anything, it cannot be done without programmers. So, it makes me wonder if in the near future merely being a designer is enough and I’ve come to the conclusion it is not. In an increasingly competitive world, a one with more opportunities, but harder to make a basic living in, one has to have engineering know how, artistic ability, as well as design skills. No longer can someone BS their way in this maturing industry. So for someone in my situation, will skills in digital graphics, art, product design and now programming knowledge there is nothing to stop me making a product, or shall I say a service that people would wish to consume.
For me, the most memorable part of the three talks was the social experiment involving each member of the audience being given six Lego pieces and tasked with assembling their interpretation from those pieces to make a duck. To my surprise, with only six pieces there was a far greater variety of shapes constructed than anticipated. Some were a bit wacky, but the majority of them looked like abstractions of ducks and there wasn’t any clear right answer. It was quite subjective.