6-8 September 2017, McGrath Centre, St. Catharine's College

Good design is... a myth

A 45 minute Case Study by:

Zoltan Kollin


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About this Case Study

Everyone agrees that well-designed products are intuitive, simple, clean, honest, innovative...except when they're not. It's not the design principles that matter the most - it's the users. And the truth is, users sometimes don't care about intuitive interfaces or usability.

Sometimes they embrace products that are barely usable. Products that are ugly. Products that are known for their dark patterns. Sometimes users specifically prefer complex and cluttered interfaces to clean, minimalist apps. Sometimes they spend a lot of money on useless products and actually enjoy them...it all depends on the context.

It's an exciting time to be a designer but we're working in an ever-changing environment where we can't rely solely on design principles and guidelines any more. UX design is not about knowing the right answers, it’s about finding them. In this session I'll show how focusing on users' needs might end up creating amazing products even when it means barbarously breaking widely accepted design guidelines.

About the Speaker

Zoltan is a UX designer, mentor, and speaker living in Budapest. He's working as design manager at IBM where he leads an amazing design team working on video products for enterprises. He's also co-organiser of Amuse UX Conference and instructor of various UX courses in Hungary. He shares his thoughts about UX on Medium and on UX Myths.


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