Every User is a Hero


“Designers are storytellers,” we’ve often heard, but rarely do we dig down into what that really means. Narrative plays a huge, hidden role in the way we form memories and experience interactions—it’s the iceberg of UX, really—but how often do designers sit down and map it out, from the user’s point of view? How many of us actually bother to write the story?

Drawing on over a decade of design, writing and design-oriented content production, this talk argues that a strong narrative is crucial to creating “meaningful” user experiences, and offers a few techniques for crafting one. It also presents some surprising parallels between the writing process and the design process, exposing useful tools for both practices.

Presented on Feb 15, 2018 at The Digital UI, a monthly speaking series for creative and tech professionals in Malmö, Sweden.