Digital tools offer many advantages over traditional paper methods, but paper is generally preferred for its convenience. Apples iPad offers a form factor and interaction model which is more convenient than PCs for some tasks allowing it to challenge paper methods and realize the full benefits of digital tools. Since April of 2011 I have been substituting paper and PC tasks for iPad tools on many UX activities in my position as an Interaction Designer. I found that the iPad offers a viable alternative for many UX tasks and has become my preferred method for some. Other tasks are more effective using paper or software in a PC environment. This session will summarize these experiences, report survey results of iPad usage by UX professionals and compare the advantages and disadvantages of paper, PCs and the iPad.
Michael Ryanryaninteractive@gmail.com@ryaninteractive Rock! Paper! iPad! Comparing UX Tools on the iPad to Traditional Methods
Benets of Digital Editable Reusable elements Searchable Professional looking artifacts Compact Creates a record Expands your brain Easy to share Green
The Tasks Take notes Sketch Create prototypes Create ow diagrams Create afnity diagrams Read UX books and articles
Survey 44 UX Pros 36% have an iPad 5/2/11 - 5/6/11 SurveyMonkey iPad only tablet studied Whiteboard = Paper
Rock! Paper! iPad!
1. Take Notes80%60%40%20%0% Daily Weekly Rarely Never Frequency
1. Take NotesPreferred Tools
Rock (PC): Word
Paper: Notebook (Ealanta, 2011)
1. Take Notes Preferred Medium50%38%25%13%0% Rock (PC) Paper iPad Other N/A
2. Sketch50%38%25%13%0% Daily Weekly Rarely Never Frequency
2. SketchPreferred Tools
Rock (PC): Balsamiq Mockups (Anderson, 2011)
Paper: Sketchbook (Robb, 2011)
SketchyPad Ideas Sketchpad Paper Desk iDraw Draft SketchBook PhotoShop Penultimate BoxWaveiPad: Many Apps
2. Sketch Preferred Medium80%60%40%20%0% Rock (PC) Paper iPad Other N/A
3. Create Prototypes50%38%25%13%0% Daily Weekly Rarely Never Frequency
3. Create PrototypesPreferred Tools
Rock (PC): Axure
Paper: Paper Prototyping (Rivera, Lin, & Iki, 2011)
Omnigrafe iMockups KeynoteiPad: Various (Sharps, 2011) (Seto, 2011) (Villamor, 2011)
3. Create Prototypes Preferred Medium90%68%45%23%0% Rock (PC) Paper iPad Other N/A
4. Create Flow Diagrams60%45%30%15%0% Daily Weekly Rarely Never Frequency
4. Create Flow Diagrams Preferred Medium80%60%40%20%0% Rock (PC) Paper iPad Other N/A
5. Create Afnity Diagrams 60% 45% 30% 15% 0% Daily Weekly Rarely Never Frequency
5. Create Afnity DiagramsPreferred Tools
Rock (PC): Edistorm
Paper: Sticky Notes (Glover, 2011)
5. Create Afnity Diagrams Preferred Medium50%38%25%13%0% Rock (PC) Paper iPad Other N/A
6. Read UX Books/Articles 70% 53% 35% 18% 0% Daily Weekly Rarely Never Frequency
6. Read UX Books/ArticlesPreferred Tools
Rock (PC): Google Reader
Paper: Books and Journals
6. Read UX Books/Articles Preferred Medium50%38%25%13%0% Rock (PC) Paper iPad Other N/A
You!Each medium has its own strengths. Pick what works.
Rock (PC) is good for... "Note taking - quick typing" "Prototypes and owcharts, as they are more complex in nature and need complex software to support/ update" "Detail design work and complicated design. It is easier to make changes and to keep the design clean" "Where you need to reuse elements a lot" "When I want to show my work to senior management share my work with remote teams"
Paper is good for... "Early diagrams and sketches... because they allow you to create your concepts on the y without having to struggle with software" "Things that need to be fast, easily discardable / changeable" "Flow diagrams, prototyping... general analysis. You can get your ideas down much more quickly in a format that can be viewed... by many - allows for better collaboration" "Anything collaborative... all participants can contribute on equal ground" Reading long form text
iPad is good for... "Dont know" "Pretending that you are doing something profound when you havent a clue" Entertainment: Angry Birds, Netix, Social Media "Sketching on site" "Note taking is great on iPad because its always with me, and I can transfer my notes to any computer" "Article reading... because I can squeeze it in while waiting for meetings to start, on the couch, traveling, etc. "...a lot of potential on the research side of our work"
The iPad at 1... (Paine, 2011)
Thank you. Michael Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org @ryaninteractive