Develop Like a Designer: The Art of APIs

UX Strategy - Chicago
UX Strategy - Chicago
Public group
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We all know the value of rapid prototyping in the product development process and it's a standard part of designing visual interfaces. Imagine bringing your team the same value when designing back end services.

Ever wonder how Facebook's login works across multiple apps? APIs are the highways that businesses use to share data with each other—it’s what almost all digital products use to connect with you, whether you're searching for a hotel in Paris or posting your latest photos from Lyon.

APIs are technical tools and text-based interfaces that still need the same approach as a visual UI. In this workshop, you’ll learn what APIs are and the basic grammar that governs them. We’ll tear down the boundaries between developers and UX through hands-on activities. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have researched and designed a simple, usable API without having coded a single line. No technical knowledge necessary.

Just because it's a technical tool doesn't mean it should be hard to use. APIs are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Knowing how to apply design thinking to APIs will help save your team precious time and ultimately get your product to market faster.

Emily Ryou, Senior UX Researcher at Allstate/Arity and Jenny Wanger, former Product Manager at Arity will present.