FAQThings you might want to know, too
> Why did you change your career?
The digital world is my passion! As an information developer I helped different target groups to understand complex business applications. To make digital products easy and intuitive to use, of course I improved the usability - well designed application did not only make my own, but also the user’s job much more efficient. During the last years my focus just moved to user-centered design.Did you know that UX designers and technical authors share an iterative and storytelling approach? We also have overlapping tasks, such as interviewing people and defining the information architecture. Read more in Talisa Chang's post Copywriting for UX.
> How much UX experience do you have?
I have worked with software developers since 2001, and UX and UI designers have been my team mates for many years.
I observed users, prepared interviews, created personas, designed concepts, test cases and style guides in agile development projects. In addtion I improved my skills in several UX & UI design trainings. In 2015 I went through the whole UX design process with help of a mentor.
To widen my horizon I engage in social activities and support startup initiatives.
> What would you like to do in your daily job?
In my dream job I would love to:
- meet, observe and interview users
- analyze and summarize research results
- describe and visualize tasks and user stories
- create and communicate design concepts
- create and test prototypes
- analyze and incorporate feedback
- throw useless ideas in the paper bin and start anew :-)
> Do you still like to write?
Definitely! UX designer create and communicate:
- research results
- 360* analysis
- user stories
- job descriptions (e.g. 'a day in the life of...')
- business concepts
- UX/UI styleguides‚
> What about UX copy?
I design an appealing character for your application by using the right tone and wording. Your app will be talking to you in a dialog!
- clear and precise UI labels
- guiding steps
- context-sensitive hints and (tool)tips
- error messages that help to solve the problem
- entertaining forms
- helpful FAQs
> Our marketing team could need some help, too!
Cool, I still love content and copy writing and create:
- website texts
- blog posts
- white papers
- product descriptions
- news & press releases
- success stories
> Can you help us with UI design?
I have designed icons, logos, and websites and am continuously enhancing my skills to create appealing visual design! Currently I am taking an online UI Design course which includes learning the powerful Sketch app.
> Do you want to work as a freelancer or on contract base?
During my career I got to know both sides of the medal! My decision depends on the project, the people, the location...
Contact me and let's discuss!
> Would you be able to work in our office?
As long as you don't know each other, working onsite makes collaboration easier.
And an iterative design approach requires permanent exchange and feedback.
But once we are a winning team, working remote should be an option, too.
Regular home-office days can increase the productivity in some project phases.
As a freelancer I prefer to share an office with colleagues from digital business. That's why I joined Raben Engel Odenwälder co-working space in Mannheim.
> Are you willing to travel?
Yes, because UX design necessarily involves customers and users.
I love not only to discover new cities and cultures, but am also highly interested how users' daily business looks like and do observations onsite.
If that's not possible, a remote session can be a good alternative (for example, eye-tracking with a webcam).
> Which skills would you like to improve?