User Experience Design—Philosophy
Steven Heitman advocates for end users and a practitioner of user-centered design. I specialize in doing user/design research, information architect (IA) specialist, user experience design (UXD), user experience architect, that is relevant to end users; according to research studies, user-centered design immensely improves successful online transactions for end users, navigating in cyberspace, and wayfinding. Another component to working with clients is doing usability testing.
Senior-level expertise and professional information architect and user experience design and interaction design skills significantly increase better human-computer interaction and higher standards for usability outcomes on projects and final digital-design products. User research and information architecture and interaction design are significant relevant components, to achieve better results in the long run on projects.
I believe that working together as a team is a co-creative process together. It is really a very thrilling and exciting process to work as a team. When we are deliberately creating high-quality products together, then projects are better products, developed with integrity, and a mutual desire to improve the end users experience via user-centered design.
Steven Heitman Information Architect
User Experience Designer
About What I Do—
Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Stanford University Program
Let us talk about my expertise and what I do, as it relates to human-computer interaction and extends deep into: user experience design, information architecture, including the various layers of design and application. I think the video from Stanford University gives the gist and discusses adequately pertinent details, as this all relates to user-centered design, interaction design, information architecture, and usability testing. Products are programmed; humans have to use these products successfully. If not, then no one will use them.
We could also talk about it in terms of the elements of user experience design. How it relates to information architecture and human-computer interaction: From the concrete—Web as a software interface—to visual design, interface design, interaction design, functional/technical specifications, user needs, site objectives, and to the task orientation.
Or, from the—Web as a hypertext system—to visual design, navigation design, information architecture, content requirements, user needs, to site objectives—information oriented, from the abstract to the conception (Jesse James Garrett). This video presents some good ideas about human-computer interaction.
What is Information Architecture?
World Information Architecture Day 2014
What I do as an information architect—I take a systematic approach on projects—using The IA Model as a guide, which ultimately results in increasing profit margins. Because it allows for a systematic and planned approach (prior to computer/Web programming), it saves time and money in the long run. Digital design products need usability testing, for user-centered design benefits to users and information architecture improvements to interface designs.
Axure RP for Rapid Prototyping
Using Axure RP without actually coding (what a nice concept for information architects—where the focus should be on usability, interface design, user-centered design, not coding), creating components, prototyping, and diagrams for Websites. It helps to automate the process of creating high-quality IA/UXD documents and for rapid prototyping. One can create prototypes of Websites, wire frames, and apps (Figure 1).
Create simple click-through diagrams or highly functional, rich prototypes with conditional logic, dynamic content, animations, math functions, and data-driven interactions without writing a single line of code (Figure 2).
I work with clients on developing excellent blueprints (conceptual designs promoting user-centered design principles). Doing user research and card sorting helps to establish user-centered design for a Website, including usability testing (Figure 3).
User-centered design helps users to successfully use online products, when it is applied correctly to improve usability of products. Taking a systematic approach in an agile environment really helps to get the job done right.