Bill shows us how to use other media and concepts from other design disciplines to flesh out our own designs. You may want to subscribe to the Big Design Podcasts on iTunes or check out Big Design TV episodes
Elisa Miller decided to share her passion for creating effective surveys a Big Design 2010. Elisa believes the strength of surveys come from your ability to write effective questions. Survey strengths include:
- You can do large sampling
- Your flexibility to use for a number of circumstances
- Your ability to describe large things about a population
Surveys are an indirect data collection method, which supplements direct data collection methods (such as usability testing, phone interviews, and contextual inquiries).
Tips for Creating Your Questions
Elisa shares with you some practical advice on how to craft your survey questions. Here are a few nuggets that will learn by watching the video:
- Make sure the question applies to person
- Ask one question at a time
- Use simple and familiar words (no jargon)
- Make sure “Yes” means yes, and “No” mean no
- Be sure the questions specifies the response task
You may want to take notes during this video, as Elisa gives you alot of tips and tricks that you can use. Enjoy!
Last year, we compiled a boat-load of music to be played in between and after sessions. It was a surprising success. Comments on Twitter and directly to organizers were overwhelming positive about the music. I think it helped us loosen everyone up and make things way more casual. This year’s playlist will be even better, but it’s a super, double-swear, blood-oath secret until conference time. Meanwhile, you can see last year’s playlist after the jump. If I had time, I would have broken the list into sections by time as they were played. However, time is short and 2011 is just around the corner.
We included only one panel at the Big Design Conference in 2010. It was the profit & non-profit panel. We gathered two folks that work at for profit companies (Brett Duncan and Jim Carlsen-Landy) and two folks who work for non-profit organizations (Laura Humphreys and Christian Caldwell). We were interested to know what for-profit and non-profit companies could learn from one another. Some interesting facts about the panelists:
- Brett Duncan was one of the first speakers for the first Ignite Dallas.
- Jim Carlsen-Landey is a former President of DFW-UPA.
- Christian Caldwell works at the American Heart Association.
- Laura Humphrey’s wrote the Boy Scouts Handbook.
The panelists were insightful talking about how designers need to be politically saavy in both type of companies. The scrappy nature of non-profit workers was something that for-profit panelists admired. The scale of for-profit companies was admired by the non-profit panelists. Finally, you may want to subscribe to the Big Design Podcasts on iTunes or check out Big Design TV episodes. Watch this great presentation after the jump. Enjoy!
Bill Scott, Director of UI Engineering at Netflix, discusses how different design lenses can inspire the Big Designer in each one of us. For example, if you look at the Design Lens of Simplicity/Complexity, you will ask yourself many questions. Bill explains these questions for Simplicity/Complexity include:
- Are you striking the right balance between simplicity and complexity?
- Are the main things simple? Does complexity emerge?
- Does the balance match the context of use?
Bill’s talk really impressed the organizers because it takes the spirit of the Big Design Conference to heart, expressing it thoughtfully and elegantly. We need to learn from other design crafts. It is beyond inspiration, too. These crafts lead to bigger ideas and innovation. Designing with lenses is Big Design. Watch this video a few times and take notes. Finally, you may want to subscribe to the Big Design Podcasts on iTunes or check out Big Design TV episodes. Watch this great presentation after the jump. Enjoy!