F14 >> F16

9 months, our gestation period, we spent at F14. Easily they are some of the best days of my life. Had the best room mates i could ask for. In February i was glad that we moved to a more spacious place than our erstwhile S2. F14 was a big upgrade from our previous place; a fully furnished 2 BHK. It was part of the trio of flats that the 12 of us had bought. Life was good.

Then the transfers started. The first flat was left within a month as the rent was unaffordable for 2 people to handle. The girls left F12.

Fast forward to October 2011. Karthik and Raison left the company for greener pastures and Rathan got transfered to Bangalore. That left me as the last man standing at F14. With Girish gone, Ive now moved to F16; the last flat of the three we had.

 

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UX and me

 I really have kept this post pending for quite sometime and some one had to poke me out of my stupor. So UXnext  was the UX Conference held in Chennai on 16th July 2011 at IIT Madras Research Park. This was being organised by the RIA-RUI community. Now just a couple of months back i had heard about HCI(Human Computer Interaction) courses for M.S. and when this event came along i thought it would be the best thing to get a perspective about user experience and a career in it.

Believe me, i came back presently surprised and inspired from the event. Apart from the fact that i won a Antetype License worth $289, it was the realization of how much interesting the job would be. I learnt what designing is all about, how the industry works, what are the various jobs available and also found out about courses worth considering for higher studies.

UX is an essential thing in today’s world. Everything you look around you has a reason behind its design. Take the mineral water bottle for instance., there is a reason its like that. Innovation is the key to market a product. The little things you add to a product like the way Apple does, adds value to it and a happy customer is what companies should look at. The way a product looks is key to it being popular, Ideas are powerful and dictate whether the product will survive or not. People are fickle and they need to be shown that they are given more value for money and that is exactly why UX is important. Attending this conference did help me a lot in understanding UX and consolidating my decision of higher studies in the field.

I am not great with coding and i feel that is because my OOPS base is weak and no matter how much i try to make sense of things it just doesn’t seem to work. But i feel UI is different. I feel at home with the coding and sometimes i just know where something would look good at. My day-to-day office work deals with coding UI using Javascript frameworks mainly EXT-JS , and i am one of those people lucky enough to be doing something interesting like that in a service company like TCS and i am grateful for that. That is why i decided to write my GRE the moment i heard about HCI programs, so I hope my GRE goes well and i end up doing what i like in the end.

Here’s hoping for the best.

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