In the last couple of years I’ve seen the UX Community in our city grow more and more and it makes me so happy!
Last year a new meetup was born from hard work and a lot of love for design: UX Meetup. It was created by a group of passionate designers called UX Rocks. They are a consulting agency that provide help to businesses thorough workshops and design sprints, but more than that they are cool people who help the design community grow!
As I said in other posts, the UX Community in Iasi might be smaller than it is in other cities but I am very happy to be part of it. With this post I wanted to share my opinion on this meetup and to encourage anyone who is interested in UX Design to join us.
The latest meetup was about Problem Framing and as the name says it was focused on teaching us how to think about the Who, What, Where and Why, before diving into designing a solution.
At the meetup we were split into teams and worked for about two and a half hours on finding all the answers to those questions. At the end we created a statement which included the structure above. This helped give us a better understanding of the problem we were trying to solve. The next step after that would have been to find solutions. But that’s the easy part at that point.
Problem framing is more than a process, it’s a mindset. We usually start with thinking about a solution without knowing exactly what we are trying to fix. How many times I have heard the phrase “We need to redesign this app.” without any arguments or explanation. It is our responsibility as designers to guide those discussions and ask the right questions, and problem framing is one of those amazing tools that will help you work more effectively on your projects.
For me, meetups are about sharing knowledge, meeting new people and getting out of my comfort zone. The first meetups about design I went to opened my eyes to new possibilities, information and people. And I’m glad to say that I also made some friends along the way which makes me now feel at home whenever a new meetup is in town.
You don’t have to be a designer to join, you just have to be open to new ideas and I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested in being a designer to come, ask questions and talk to other designers.