OBJECT-ORIENTED UX

Humans think in objects. We understand environments (physical and digital) by identifying the objects within those environments. But digital environments are not beholden to the laws of physics that we've evolved to perceive. Without OOUX, it's easy to design systems that confuse users with unexpected objects that don't match their mental model of how the world works.

In a nutshell, my "objects-first" process makes sure a digital environment contains objects that are valuable to its users. Then, we make sure these objects are designed to be recognizable, tangible, and actionable.

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"a total revelation!"

Alibaster McDonald

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"the most valuable training dollars I’ve ever spent"

Caroline Sober-James

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"I'd highly recommend this to any UX Designer"

Deborah Catherall

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"pivotal in simplifying the interface"

Libby Maurer

Creators of the abstract digital world are constantly challenged by complexity clutter. If you feel like your product has become messy and unfocused, OOUX will be a breath of fresh air. We'll ensure elegant simplicity without sacrificing critical functionality.

And as we all know, the more moving parts, the more likely it will break. These extra modules, screens, and interactions not only increase development costs, they also make life harder for users. Object-oriented UX is a repeatable, foolproof process for creating elegant, naturally intuitive digital environments.

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OOUX-y Objects

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Great workshop! It gives you a method that enables you to tackle UX problems more systematically. I found it extremely useful and have already implemented the method on the project I am currently working on. The method pushed me to ask myself new questions and to develop much more coherent solutions than the ones I would have developed without it.

Florie Salnot

Freelance

#UXdesigner

digital agency

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Sophia brings her passion for solving problems and creating functional products to every minute of her OOUX workshop. She provides real world samples of the challenges of developing digital products and offers up OOUX as a viable solution to improve their functionality.  Participants are invited into the process through demonstration, discussion and group exercises. If you're in the business of creating digital products, OOUX is a must for your toolbox!

Gerald Willis

Assurant

#UXdesigner

insurance

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OOUX is a game-changer and you need it in your life. Period. Four of us (2 UXers, a front-end dev, and a CEO) attended Sophia’s workshop in Chicago this summer, and it remains easily the most valuable training dollars I’ve ever spent. The workshop was fun and engaging, and Sophia’s passion for this topic is infectious. We came away so energized we fired up an impromptu object mapping session with a client not even 24 hours after leaving our training. Since then, we’ve continued to apply what we’ve learned, and are seeing ongoing dividends for designers, developers, and business stakeholders alike. OOUX is a power tool that you need in your toolbox.

Caroline Sober-James

Acumium

#UXdirector

software

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In a matter of a few days, Sophia taught the InfoTycoon team the fundamentals of OOUX Methodology, and leveraging OOUX she rapidly grasped and understood the complex context of our solution/platform. Over a short three month period, Sophia completely redesigned InfoTycoon's UX for the next version of our industry-leading platform. Sophia's limitless positive energy combined with her OOUX methodology very successfully sped us through a challenging project with a very tight deadline. All of that and she is a delight to work with. I highly recommend Sophia and look forward to working with her in the future.

Kevin George

InfoTycoon

#CEO

property management software

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After reading OOUX articles, I had started to think in terms of Objects in my design process, but I wasn't sure how to bring it all together. Sophia's process makes sense to me, and is helping me to organize all of the details of my current project in a way that will be easier to communicate with my internal team on the project, and our client. I finished the class 2 days ago, and started applying what I learned this morning to my current project.

Darcey Mullis

Sagepath

#UXdesigner

digital agency

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It's amazing that Sophia packed so much into two days. Just the right level of valuable UX techniques while being entertaining and keeping our attention focused. I'd highly recommend this to any UX Designer or Product Team member.

Deborah Catherall

Snagajob

#UXdesigner

recruitment software

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I first heard Sophia’s OOUX presentation in a Saturday afternoon workshop in early 2015, since then I have had her present to our Cool Blue team, consult on projects and most recently several of us attended her 2017 masters workshop.  From the start this methodology made a lot of sense to me and others in our firm.  I’ve been involved in web projects over the last 20 years where it was too easy to get lost in the weeds of hierarchical menus and site maps but lose focus the important items and goals for the site.  Responsive sites have only created more tension in planning concise experiences and site architecture – we believe Object Oriented UX provides the correct framework for these modern complexities and delivering results!

Bo Simmons

Cool Blue Interactive

#CEO

digital agency

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Sophia's OOUX framework has been pivotal in simplifying the interface of our complex B2B app. We knew presenting a more uniform, familiar experience was the key to improving usability but we weren't sure how to get there. OOUX is the real deal! It's transforming our design process and setting the right tone for the next generation of our product.

Libby Maurer

Widen Enterprises

#UXdirector

digital asset management

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OOUX is an engaging and super fun class with a lot of interactivity and thoughtful, funny explanations of human behavior. The principles I learned will help me and my team to begin thinking about a modular design framework that's smarter, more consistent, and will ultimately help our end-users adopt them with less heartache. Looking forward to applying this to our work, thank you Sophia!

Heather Dickens

MacQuarium

#UXdirector

digital agency

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Sophia’s OOUX training session with our team, as well as her support and answering all our questions, gave our team the tools and confidence to comfortably lead workshops with our product partners. We’ve evolved our understanding of our site’s framework, identifying areas for improved contextual content, and developed an agreed-to approach to information architecture. The product team was so highly engaged and receptive—they looked to incorporating the OOUX methodology into their next project.

Jennifer Correa

Mastercard

#Manager

Finance

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Sophia brings a passion and enthusiasm to the OOUX Masterclass that is contagious. It's pleasantly counterintuitive when you leave the class having conquered complexity by having mastered the basics. I recommend this class for anybody who is looking for a better design framework and who isn't?

Candra Garrett

Launch Interactive

#UXdesigner

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I initially reached out to Sophia for some 1:1 OOUX training sessions, and in the end, I got so much more. Right from the start, Sophia was responsive and supportive. We scheduled 6 sessions where she took me through some practice assignments before jumping into the project I was currently “OOUXing.” We communicated regularly by phone and email, discussing careers, goals, life-hacks, family, and of course a lot of OOUX. Sophia has been an invaluable resource and I am so thankful that I made the decision to work with her.


Joanie Lutz

Punchh

#Manager

CRM and marketing software

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OOUX has been a major influence on my work. It's a total revelation! Thank you for putting so much good thinking out in the world for others to learn from.

Alibaster McDonald

Firebelly Design

#UXresearcher

digital agency

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I walked away from both sessions having learned a ton. The delivery was awesome: broken in manageable chunks, sprinkled with good humor, and most of all very hands-on. I am enjoying the OOUX framework and can't wait to apply it to my next project. It seems I have been designing using a variation of this method all along, though I just didn't know what to call it. Now I do!

Svetlin Denkov

The Nerdery

#UXdesigner

digital agency

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Coming from a technical background OOUX makes all the difference to me.We were able to use it from the beginning of the project so it also influenced the way we built our databases and components (the dev team uses React). I plan to teach it to the design team of my new company!

Ana Tarrisse

Stone

#Engineer

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Your OOUX articles have been my primary inspiration for the past few months. For me, the methodology acted exactly as a bridge between project goals and design. It also removes the uncertainty of where to start.

Nickolay Todorovsky

Musala Soft JSC

#Manager

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I use Sophia's methodology for OOUX on design projects that have a number of moving parts, and where the IA needs to go beyond a rigid hierarchical structure. By following this OOUX approach, I can quickly get a schema of the site/application at a sufficient level to create an early prototype, to test whether the content and the actions hang together in an intuitive and helpful way for users.

As a UX consultant, this gives me the tools to describe the underlying structure of a system at the right level of detail... (unless you really love a good entity-relationship diagram), and to make sure that the building blocks for the system (the 'objects') are based on users mental models.

Super-helpful, and packaged really nicely as a workshop format, too.

Ben Simmonds

Independent Consultant

#UXdesigner

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I attended Sophia Voychehovski's workshop regarding OOUX at EuroIA in 2016 Amsterdam. I was convinced to try it right away. Since then, I have integrated the method into my everyday workflow. I found that using this object-oriented method is a real advantage to maintain a clear and rational vision throughout my design process.

Hugo Labonde

Usabilis

#UXresearcher

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I've been in the UX field for about three years and for three years I've spent many of my waking hours worriedly reflecting on my design process and how it can be better. One of the things I've struggled with most is how to enable my team to have conversations about a solution without jumping to wireframes. That's not because wireframes are bad, but because most of the teams I've worked with tend to lock into certain solutions and decisions without fully considering other options once wireframes get introduced.

Sophia’s Object-Oriented UX process has effectively solved that problem. Not only does it encourage creating systems of reusable components (which means less work for everyone and makes my inner design freak giddy with glee), but it enables us to have conversations and ask questions that lead to groundbreaking ideas that never would have happened without this process.

Jonathan 'Ambra

Bluetooth SIG

#UXdesigner

Object-Oriented UX

by Sophia V Prater
October 20, 2015

We know big, monolithic webpages won’t meet the needs of responsive sites and endless screens. But we’re often still quilting together design patterns and content modules, rather than truly thinking in systems. This article will show you how defining the objects our users interact with, and the relationships between them, opens doors to more interconnected—and successful—user experiences.

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OOUX: A Foundation for Interaction Design

by Sophia V Prater
April 19, 2016

Pivoting smoothly from action to action is all well and good, but when interactions seem abstract to users, a sense of context is probably missing. In this follow-up to Object-Oriented UX, we will go from big-picture OOUX frameworks to confidently targeting actions that meet the needs of users.

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The Object-Oriented User

by Sophia V Prater
May 27, 2017

A revised version of an article published in the November 2016 issue of NET magazine. A look into how users understand and process their world how thought, communication, understanding, and perception are all object-oriented.

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Object-Oriented UX Interactive Lecture

by Sophia V Prater
July 26, 2017

A full-length 90-minute talk delivered in Warsaw, Poland during the MCE conference.

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UX for Lizard Brains

by Sophia V Prater
October 10, 2017

In the digital world, anything is possible. Technology can seem like magic. But if the interface strays to far from human’s expectations of the physical world, users will become unsure, confused, and unhappy. Design with lizard brains in mind to create intuitive interfaces.

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Designing Digital Objects: A Crash Course in Object-Oriented UX

by Sophia V Prater
July 24, 2018

A 35 minute talk on the biggest UX fails that OOUX can help you avoid. Also, a peek into the UX process and how I use Webflow to build CMS prototypes.

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Adobe UXpert Review of EdX.org

by Sophia V Prater
August 10, 2018

EdX accomplishes a wonderfully natural browsing experience — curious users can navigate from subject, to course, to instructor, to school, to another course without ever needing to pick through the hierarchical main navigation. This is one of the primary principles of object-oriented user experience (OOUX): contextual navigation through object relationships.

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Upcoming OOUX Events

Design Content Conference

Vancouver, BC
July 17, 2019

A full day object-oriented UX fundamentals workshop at the amazing Design Content Conference.

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OOUX on Stage at Design Conferences!

HOW Design Live

Chicago
May 10, 2019

A 45 minute lecture on object-oriented UX, focusing on the 4 critical questions that every designer of digital environments needs to ask.

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Generate Conference

New York, New York
April 24, 2019

I will be running a full day OOUX workshop and delivering my UX for Lizard Brains talk about what UX designers can learn from the psychology of perception.

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OOUX Masterclass

Sofia, Bulgaria
April 17, 2019

A two-day OOUX workshop in beautiful Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Design Content

Vancouver, BC
July 26, 2018
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MobX

Berlin, Germany
September 7, 2017

Half-day workshop on OOUX Fundamentals

30 minute lecture on UX for Lizard Brains

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UX Sofia

Sofia, Bulgaria
June 14, 2017

Half-day workshop on OOUX Fundamentals

One hour lecture on UX for Lizard Brains

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MCE

Warsaw, Poland
May 8, 2017

90-minute interactive lecture on OOUX

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QCon

San Francisco, CA
November 9, 2016
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Revolve

Charleston, SC
October 28, 2016

One hour lecture on OOUX

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Euro IA

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 23, 2016
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Better by Design

Madison,WI
August 18, 2016

Full-day workshop on OOUX Fundamentals

One hour lecture on simplifying design with OOUX

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Convey UX

Seattle, WA
February 9, 2016
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IA Summit

Minneapolis, MN
April 22, 2015
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Designing for Digital

Austin, TX
February 25, 2015
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UX Week

San Francisco, CA
September 12, 2014
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UX Strat

Boulder, CO
September 7, 2014
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UX Week

San Francisco, CA
August 20, 2013
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If you are interested in bringing object-oriented UX to your organization, let's talk about how best to make that happen. If you have some burning questions you need answered before we chat, please email me at Sophia@RewiredUX.com.

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