NOTE: this is NOT the slide deck I presented, rather it's a "extended dance remix version" where many things I cut out for time are put back in.
In 2013, Don Norman updated The Design Of Everyday Things. In 2015, references to "affodances" and "feedback" were everywhere at GDC. As games reacher broader audiences, it's critical that game designers make games accessible to players who are more familiar with Amazon than Fallout 4. A positive user experience can create the next Monument Valley or Clash of Clans.
Norman pointed out that a positive user experience begins with usability, but it doesn't end there. Great user experiences anticipate the user's needs and then go beyond that to delight. User experience designers have evolved a variety of approaches and tools to assure that the a product is "a joy to own, a joy to use."
In this talk, Christina will explore the core principles of user experience design, and how it can create games that are elegant and complete experiences that both serve and delight their players.
She will begin with relevant UXD approaches: Hick's Law, Concept Models, as well as affordances and feedback. She will present an introduction to useful techniques in UXD, from charrettes to journeymaps to usability. Finally, why user experience design is more than just good business, it's a moral prerogative.
This talk is for game Designer, artists and anyone who has to make decisions about player-facing interfaces. A familiarity with popular games and software is needed, but no advanced knowledge is required. It will be an accessible talk.