What’s in My Backpack: UX Design Consultant

What’s in My Backpack: UX Design Consultant


(electronic music) – What’s up, everyone, welcome back. In this video, which it’s gonna be a bit different than the usual ones. I’m gonna try to talk to you about what I’m keeping in my UX backpack. I like to manage my gear in a certain way so I can easily access it. It doesn’t matter what,
if it’s a workshop, if it’s a production time, I can just pull it right
up for the equipment and can just jump into it. So, let’s do it. My backpack, pretty basic hiking backpack, which has one opening. What we find inside is
much more important. Here, first and foremost,
from the top down, we have a GoPro Session,
really easy to capture let’s say ideation
workshops, shared sessions. Next, in a different side
pocket, my work iPhone, IPhone6 or seven, I don’t even know, it doesn’t really matter. It’s for testing different devices, to accessing different apps and, yeah, just, you know, being
aware of iOS environment, because my key driver
phone, which I’m using as a secondary camera is Note 8, Samsung, doesn’t really matter,
again, these are just phones. Then, I have my glass pouch and my glasses for production time, in the
same pocket, I also have wireless earpieces as you
can see, I’m not really too much of an Apple fan, and
so this one is Jaybird RUN, exactly same mechanism where
the earphones are charging in the pod and I can just access it and usually use it for
workouts after work, let’s say, easy, and user-friendly. Then I have my
notebook/Kindle, this is one of the discoveries from last year. I like to read as well
as take different notes. I find it really useful,
especially on a public transport. Lastly, in the same pocket,
I have a pen, simple Biro. And that’s about it. Now the main compartment
is where the interesting bits come out, and let me
show exactly what I mean. So, first and foremost, I have a book. At the moment I’m reading
This Is Marketing, by Seth Godin, pretty
good book, check it out if you’re interesting in marketing. Next, I have my Sony overhead earphones with noise cancellation,
which comes in handy on a public transport,
and it does the trick, because nothing is more
annoying than just listening to something like an audio book, or music, and you cannot really hear
anything because it’s too noisy. Next, I have a collection
of big-ass Post-its, I think this is A5 format,
I push the right ideas out and align ideas with the
stakeholders pretty well because this is big. Nest, a simple water
bottle, and I have a cup, ’cause I’m usually working
on a move, so let’s say I’m on a client’s side,
as a consultant, so I need to have like a hot-water cup. This is our cup, which is
recycled one, as you can see, it’s not pretty, it has all
the specks of the plastic and stuff, but it’s
basically molten plastic, which is recycled. Inside, I have a few specimens of coffee, as well as a couple of tea bags, let’s say it’s the press of time, I don’t have time to go to coffee shop, I just do this. Next, notebook, I tend
to take a lot of notes, and I mark every notebook with, let’s see, this is 3-D, so third
generation D notebook. Usually generation for me is a year, so I started let’s say a
couple of years ago to mark it like that, and this is the
4th notebook this year. I have a mouse, MX
Master, quite old one now, but this is like a Bugatti
of mice, it’s indestructible and it’s just amazing what it can do. You know, when people are
impressed with let’s say Apple mice, this is like the next level. Next, a laptop, this is 15
inch, the older generation MacBook, as you can see,
still have a USB ports, no dongle integrations and
dependencies, couple of stickers, I think it’s a top-spec
MacBook Pro from 2015 or so. Nothing special, but it does the trick. How would you, how would you call this, my UX bag, which actually has quite a few things in it. Some Post-it notes,
which just dropped out, bigger, smaller, it has Sharpies, whiteboard pens, it has
blue tack, everything a UX designer might need,
and I can just pick it out of my backpack and then just do the magic. (lyrical music) Lastly, case, which has a bit more of a electronic vibe to it. I have these few items, again,
a charger for a MacBook, USB plug, for any of the
let’s say sockets in UK, some Post-it notes, just in
case, a pen, just in case. Here we have a USB Type C,
for my key driver phone, we have mini-USB, most of
the devices these days. Then, I have an IPhone
cable, IPhone-specific lightning port, headphones
for calls, let’s say conference calls, using
IPhone, just in case. A few items, like micro SD
card, I have a SIM tool, my business cards,
another set of headphones, which are again by Apple,
but this time it has a jack, why wouldn’t you. Next, I have a charger
for my Garmin watch, and I have a cable for my Sony headphones, the noise-canceling I
showed before, just in case I need to plug it in, and save battery. Lastly, I have a split for
headphones, just in case I need to share something like
a video with my colleagues, or, if I’m on the move,
with my wife, we can just listen or watch the same video together. It’s not much, but it
fills in this backpack, and you know, it fills it to a brim. I use it daily, I take
it everywhere with me, it could be that I go to a
coffee shop to do some work, or it could be that I go to the office, or I take it everywhere with me. If you enjoyed this video, give it a like, share with your friends,
leave a comment down below if you have some ingenious
ways to structure your gear, and you know how you apply it every day, or, just make a video. I’m really interested to
see how you as a designer or someone in tech actually
does the same thing. Hope this was useful, and interesting, and stay tuned for more videos. (quirky music)

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