Archive for February, 2012

We now have a Japanese UX Samurai at Citizen Space

Posted on 03. Feb, 2012 by in Coworking, Internships, Japan, SOMA

What does Co-working, UX design,  and Samurai’s have in common? Me, Keisuke Kajitani the new intern at Citizen Space. I’m a Japanese university student and I will start my career as a venture capitalist this coming April in Japan. Working in California is like a dream come true to me since the US is the mecca for entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Anyway, my first assignment as a intern was to give feedback on the user experience of  a mobile application. Wow, commenting on a product’s UX in the first day of my internship!? I’m not a professional on the matter at all! However, my mentor knew how important it is to get an opinion from “non-techy” users. After all, the customers who will use the application will mainly be normal people like myself.

I believe many app developers are wondering how to effectively get feedback more efficiently. When it comes to communicating with “non-techy” users, it becomes an even more difficult task. I have one suggestion, use  a simple collaborative service like Notableapp from Zurb <> . Why did I emphasized the  simple part? Because many of the wireframing services has too many features that “non techy” commentator like me has no idea have to use it right. Notable is one solution for you. It allows commentator to just drag the part they want to make a comment and directly write comment on it intuitively. This simple experience will definitively reduce the stress of commentator.

If you have to create wire frames from scratch, Cacoo might work better. This web service from a Japanese team allows you to draw wireframe itself and what’s special about it is that the several people can edit the wireframe simultaneously, meaning the change or comment one person makes will reflect to other person’s screen. By using this service, two or more commentators
can have discussion at the same time, improving the quality and shortening the time and cost spent on the wireframing process. (checkout the video)

“Non-techy”  users can sometimes be helpful so please use me anytime when you drop by Citizen Space. :)

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