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Jon Bernbach is a Senior User Experience Designer at DOOR3. He is an accomplished designer with over 10 years of experience creating compelling designs within prints and web mediums. After a stint in public relations, Jon has spent most of his career in medical publishing and freelancing for companies in a wide variety of industries. Jon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in photography. Currently, he enjoys making mixed media artwork and plans on one day showing his work in day.

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Ways To Avoid Overwhelming Users: Lessons Learned From My High-School Teachers

High school. I won’t lie: I did not have the highest grades in my graduating class. Some classes and lessons were so poorly designed and delivered that I would frequently become frustrated and fatigued and would ultimately shut down. The contents of the lessons would just wash over me. The experience wasn’t pleasant, and the results were obvious from my transcripts.

Ways To Avoid Overwhelming Users: Lessons Learned From My High-School Teachers

But I did well in a few classes. The major difference was the teaching style. Currently, I am a user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) designer of mobile and web applications. In a way, like a teacher, I need to present information in an easily understandable way to new visitors. I need to consider how my students (end users) consume the information that I provide. So, reflection on my high-school experience serves a purpose (aside from painful fashion memories).


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