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Saturday, February 21 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Jim Henson and Prototyping (with Puppets)

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When you can make just about anything, how do you know which option is the best one for modeling your ideas when it’s time to get started? Fifty years before ‘prototyping’ became a familiar concept, Jim Henson was mastering its foundational elements—using his muppets, of course. Henson also faced the same challenge that contemporary User Experience professionals know well: the paradox of prototyping choice; in tools and in process. Henson had notebooks full of ideas in various stages of development, and when he was ready to see which of his ideas were worth refining, he turned to sketching, storyboarding, patterns, iteration, and live testing to deterring his next steps. 

Jim Henson was a UXer at his core. He cared about an authentic experience for his audience, and ensured that his team produced great work without spending any more time than was necessary to validate ideas. This early UXer can teach us a lot about how to apply those principles to the work we do today, with or without the help of Muppets.

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Russ Unger

Director, Experience Design, 18F
Russ Unger is an Experience Design Director in Chicago where he leads teams and projects in design and research. He is co-author of the books: A Project Guide to UX Design, Designing the Conversation and Speaker Camp for New Riders (Voices That Matter). Russ is also working on a book on guerrilla design and research methods that is due out, well, sometime. Russ is co-funder of ChicagoCamps , which hosts low-cost, high-value technology... Read More →


Saturday February 21, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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