6 UX Lessons the Cartoon Characters taught me!
Cartoons have been an inseparable part of all our lives and they do teach us a lot! My mother would compare me to a cartoon character always to make me understand things better. In this rapidly expanding technological world of today, when we are surrounded by digital platforms all around, good user experience is quintessential.
So, this time I’ve decided to revisit some of my favorite cartoons and analyze what UX lessons I learned from them!
1. Be a People’s Person — Scooby Do
Scooby Doo is one of the most popular cartoon series in history with the era that had people glued to their TV sets. After a bitter breakup and two years apart, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and their dog Scooby-Doo reunite to investigate strange occurrences at an island resort. First off, Scooby thinks he’s people. When he’s acting like people, he sometimes is known to don a disguise and walk upright.
My UX Lesson
UX Flow is an elongated process — constructing Personas, User Journey Maps, Task Models, Storyboards and the wireframes to thoroughly understand what you’re designing, for whom, why. It is vital to clearly define the end users’ behavior, goals, and motivations. Research, explore, study well your counterparts before you jump to scrap any of your design boards. Understanding the core of your users is the essence to derive from Scooby Doo. Ruh-roh, Raggy :wink:
2. Be Yourself- No Matter How Weird — Ben 10
Ben 10, a regular guy who turns into an alien at a twist of a dial, is not here to merely show off his strength and talent. When 10-year-old Ben Tennyson discovers a mysterious device, he gains the power to change into 10 different alien heroes, each with uniquely awesome powers.
My UX Lesson
User Experience (UX) relates to having a deep understanding of users, what they need, what they value, their abilities, and also their limitations. Sometimes, it really does not matter if your UX is unconventional. If your organic users are ready to accept your UX the way it is, shoot your UX no matter how weird or different it is.
3. Failure is NEVER the end — Phineas and Ferb
With summer vacation at hand, Phineas and Ferb decide to make each day more exciting than the last with outrageous adventures. Meanwhile, their pet platypus plots against evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
My UX Lesson
Persistence is what Disney’s one of the longest running cartoons instills in me every time. One can even learn from Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s everyday attempts to take over the Tri-State Area. This man is defeated each day, yet he comes back the next morning, probably knowing that the platypus will defeat him again. How about that? Evil teaching good!
UX is a continuous process. You explore-design-learn-redesign. Sometimes, the redesigns may fail; you might face your numbers falling, but that’s not the end. Not all bullets hit the bull’s eye! UX is an evolving concept. Every day is a new experience for users on digital platforms. No matter how bad the phase of your UX is, don’t stop trying. Get up, buck up, redesign and succeed. Period.
4. Team Work always triumphs! — Bob the Builder
To solve problems of the city and get things done with a positive attitude, Bob the Builder and pals dig, haul and build together! With friends like Muck the dump truck and Dizzy the cement mixer, Bob and his business partner Wendy live in a world full of new experiences.
My UX Lesson
Creating a UX needs an army of people to create and refine the expected deliverables. This is typically not a solitary act. We frequently witness UX experts working with other team members to create design and artifacts. Collaboration in UX designing is not an exceptionally novel concept. There are UX analysts and consulting firms hired, major joint ventures, collabs amongst various design field personas to deliver the best of user experience. Bob the Builder exactly teaches us that — never be afraid to take help of the experts to get your work done.
- More people, more solutions
- Cross-functional ideas
- Resource Evaluation
These majorly helps in validating your team to be on the same line of design
Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success!
5. Do not get intimidated — Tom and Jerry
The cult comedy slapstick cartoon series centers the rivalry between the title characters Tom, a cat, and Jerry, a mouse. Nough said!
My UX Lessons
There’s no point in getting intimidated by stronger or larger groups. That does not necessarily make them your rivals. If you’re innovative, have novel ideas, you believe in your work put forward, the survival is much easier. Just stay in close touch with the process of designing the best User Experiences.
- Some tricks that we consider idiotic or meaningless work wonders.
- Size does not matter: Jerry, the mouse always manages to escape the master plans of Tom, the cat. Carrying a judgemental attitude on the basis of your company size or team is not really a great thing
- Don’t let the spark disappear: No matter what your professional tie-ups throw at you, keep moving forward, always.
- Stay upright strong in front of the difficulties: Stay strong even when you’re broke af! Never give up on anything you believe; your UXD.
6. Sunny Side Up! — Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo has no shortage of confidence, and he’s certain that all women want him. With his big hair and tight black clothes, he’s known for his karate chops, accompanied by the sound of a bullwhip.
My UX Lessons
The poor Johnny Bravo would get rejected by so many women but his confidence was always intact. Bravo taught us to keep striving hard, harder and hardest to reach the goal and make ourselves have what it needs to get to the goal. To start something is important, but to take hopes, failures, disappointments, flops in your pace is more material. Keep your eyes on the UXD till you feel it soothes the soul of your experience.
These are my favorite cartoons helping me learn the soft skills important for a fluent UX Design. If you have your favorite cartoon in mind teaching you an asset, do mention them in the responses, And please do :clap: if you enjoyed reading the story.
Happy UXing!! Cheers!