How to learn UX Design from children’s books

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Do you like reading children’s books too? 📚

On my shelf at home there are many of the colorful children’s book classics that I will probably never part with: Pooh the Bear, Jim Knopf or The Little Witch. For a long time, I thought this was a quirk of mine, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who likes to poke their nose into this colorful and crazy world of books.

The world of children’s books often hides a surprising number of profound descriptions that we as adults can learn from all too well. I notice this again and again with the Moomins! Tove Jansson’s fascinating stories are not only rich in valuable lessons for children, but also for us UX designers. I will pick up on a few points from the world of the cute trolls and explain what I was able to take away from them for our work as user experience designers.

Celebrate diversity! 🌟

If you’ve ever read a Moomin adventure, you know that the world of the Moomins is full of characters of all shapes, sizes and personalities! I also encounter this diversity in my daily (work) life, and the colorful world of the Moomins reminds me how important it is to appreciate the diversity of our users. As a UX designer, it is crucial to ensure that user flows, functionalities and designs are understandable, useful and accessible to a wide range of people.

After all, it is the consideration of diverse needs that makes our products and services unique and valuable to all users. 🚀

Simplicity creates connection! 🌿

The world of the Moomins is often simple and close to nature. Maybe that’s why I love immersing myself in these adventures. I always take away from them that simplicity has a very unique effect. I am reminded that it is important in design not to be overloaded, but to focus on the essentials. Because it’s the simple, natural designs that create a seamless and intuitive user experience. Purposeful and distraction-free. Products and services that help users get where they want to go effortlessly – that would certainly be in the Moomins› interest! 🌟

Community makes you strong! 🤝

The Moomins live in a community where collaboration and support play a big role. As UX designers, we can learn from this example and always try to ensure that our teams are cross-functional to create the best solutions for our users.

The characters in the books have very different characteristics and skills, reflecting the differences in a team, but also complementing each other. By working closely with developers, product owners, and other stakeholders, we have the opportunity to draw on different skill sets and ensure that our products best meet the diverse needs of our users and deliver a compelling experience.

Explore new horizons and stay curious! 🚀

The world of the Moomins is full of adventure and undiscovered possibilities, and even after reading it for the tenth time, I still find it exciting. They encourage me to stay curious, expand my horizons, and think outside the box.

As UX designers, we can use this curiosity to develop innovative approaches to user experience and continuously improve our products. By being open to new ideas and technologies, we can push the boundaries of what is possible and shape the future of user experience. But that doesn’t mean we always have to throw everything out the window. Even though the Moomins are always on the go, they appreciate a quiet home and a bit of continuity 😉 .

I like to be inspired by the world of the Moomins and, just like the little trolls, I always try to break new ground.

Create emotional connections! 💖

The stories of the Moomins are not only adventures full of excitement and humor, but also profound tales of friendship, love, fear and courage.

They remind us of the importance of engaging our users› hearts as well as their minds. As UX designers, we should keep this in mind whether we are working on a more personal product or B2B software for business use. Our products should not only be functional, but also take emotional needs into account and above all, evoke positive feelings. After all, it is these emotional connections that build long-term relationships with our users and turn them into loyal users of a brand.

With this I close my journey through the world of Moomins. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Did you enjoy these insights into the UX wisdom of the Moomins? Would you like to see more kind of these post? Get in touch and let me know.

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