MY JOURNEY INTO UX

Claudia Heinze

Design Foundations

After my Abitur in 2006, I completed an apprenticeship in the field of media design in my hometown Dresden. I worked both in a small print shop and also for a youth magazine. During this time, I was able to acquire the necessary design tools for working with different kinds of digital media as well as with classic print media.

Cross-cultural Interface Design

In 2008, I moved to the small town Weimar for a subsequent study program with focus on interface design at Bauhaus-Universität. During my bachelor and master studies, I spent several years abroad – for an Erasmus semester in Northern Ireland, for an internship in Bosnia and Herzegovina, for a study trip to Ethiopia, for my master in China, and for several private trips. Thereby, I learned how culture influences design and thereby the user experience . 2014 during my master thesis, I worked for the international company Dräger and was concerned with the subject of cultural impact on interface design as well as the challenges of product development for international markets.

User Experience Consulting

Since 2014, I have been working as a consultant and designer at the user experience agency Userlutions in Berlin, supporting the product and service development of small to large businesses from first user research to conception and testing to final design.


MY UX DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

#1 User Research.

Form follows function
user research.
User experience is more than just usability – a few buzzwords: Interviews, focus groups, surveys, expert workshops, task analysis, competitive analysis, personas, mental models ...

#2 Conception and Testing.

Simple and effective –
my mantra and method.
Wireframes and low-fidelity prototypes simplify team feedback and enable the involvement of users already in the early product development to uncover usability issues and prevent extra costs.

#3 Design and Testing. Again.

Pragmatic ­–
in thinking and in style.
High-fidelity prototypes serve not only for testing but also as interactive visuals for clients and other stakeholders and as a pragmatic alternative to text-heavy specifications for developers.

MY EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
  • since 2014

    UX Consultant / Designer

    at Userlutions GmbH Berlin, FRG

  • 2014

    Intern / Interface Designer

    at Dräger Safety AG & Co.KGaA Lübeck, FRG

  • 2011 – 2014

    Master of Fine Arts (MFA) / Master of Design (MDes)

    Integrated International Media Art and Design Studies at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, FRG & Tongji University Shanghai, PRC

  • 2009 – 2014

    Project Assistant / Graphic Designer

    at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, FRG

  • 2010

    Erasmus Semester

    Visual Communication at University of Ulster, UK

  • 2008 – 2011

    Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

    Media Art and Design at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, FRG

  • 2006 – 2008

    Media Designer (GTA)

    Media Design at Berufsfachschule für Wirtschaft und Technik Dresden, FRG


FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME

Claudia Heinze

Claudia Heinze

UX consultant and designer
Currently based in Berlin

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