Chances are, you’ve made a pot of coffee.
Filter, grounds, water, start.
But when you pull back and actually examine the steps it takes to make a pot of coffee - you can get a little bit blown out of your mind.
The steps, the actions, the extension of arm, the twist of wrist, the grasp of scoop… It’s a neat exercise; jotting down notes as if to give a machine - for the simple act of brewing a lovely pot of caffeine a little too early in the morning.
So - I’m sort of doing that now.
I’ve been talking UX for years, and in one circle there was no issue, but in my new life I’m finding a lot of blank stares or “I think I kinda get what you sort of mean”… and I’ve begun writing a series of presentations, lists, notes and articles that explain it in varying levels of complexity, as it pertains to the grand scheme or a particular project.
I should actually post some of those, because I’m thinking they could help others in a similar context.
This said, I’m trying to begin one with a brilliant revelation on what UX is, and what it isn’t - and it’s dawned on me that I may actually despise the word “process”.
Am I a robot?
So I hit the thesaurus and then my own brain, looking for alternatives - and it dawns on me that method is a better term.
But examining the two in tandem, one seems to be a series of actions towards an end (process); cold, heartless, robotic - the other, method, is more planning then action - a combination of knowledge and behaviour.
Process is paint by numbers, method is composition.
Random thought at 4:20 in the morning.