This is your brain on UXDI. (ver. 1)

Walking treadmills. How come these aren't in every single office workplace in America?! I wonder how hard it would be to make one of these myself..

 UXDI emotions graphed over time.

UXDI emotions graphed over time.

These past two days have been an emotional roller coaster. I can't really place why though. Every morning feels great, but by the time I leave for the day, I'm completely drained and feel so lost.

It's to be expected though. They told us on Day One that it would be this way. There were lots of words like "Uninformed Optimism," "Informed Pessimism," and "Hopeful Realism" thrown around. I'm somewhere between all of those.. Or all of those all at once?

I've been working on the Plated project this week and this world of delivered, packaged meals that I once thought was absolutely ridiculous is definitely getting to me. Especially with all the time spent at GA, the thought of going home and having ingredients for dinner waiting at my door, ready to be cooked would be a dream come true.

These last few days, we've been learning all sorts of things about information architecture, sitemaps, interaction design, and web layout. The lessons haven't gone too deep into any of them, but just the wealth of information that we've been taking in is turning my brain to mush.

 I'm pretty sure my brain looks something like this right now.

I'm pretty sure my brain looks something like this right now.

I can't seem to get my head around what to put into sitemaps. I also can't seem to figure out how if I'm doing everything in the right order. Should I be making flows first? Or should it be sitemaps first? Do I need user flows now? or later? I sketched a few wireframes, but should I even ben doing that before my sitemap and flows are set? Is it okay that I've sorta been doing this all at once? SO LOST.

You can tell how scatterbrained I am right now from the randomness of this post. Hopefully I'll look back on this in 6-8 weeks and laugh. Otherwise, I think I'm in for a big surprise.

Good news is that I've walked three miles while writing this post! #winning