Aiming to meet the needs and wishes of the end users
I work at Ixonos’ User Experience Design Centre. My job is to design user experiences for the products of our customers and to make those experiences into brands that help sell the products to particular end user segments.
User experience design requires a lot of research to help us understand the users in our target groups, including how they use their devices, products and applications. By understanding the users and the relationship they have to mobile applications and devices, we can provide our customers with the best user experience solutions possible.Mobile design is largely about quickly leading people through a huge mass of information and about revealing new opportunities. A great user experience matches the life style of the user and offers simple ways to perform particular tasks. I believe that a carefully designed, fully functional user experience is perfect when the end user no longer pays any attention to the user interface or the underlying technology. When the user is able to concentrate fully on the content, we have succeeded in our work.
When we build a user experience identity for a customer’s entire product group, we try to make it so perfect and coherent that the end user instinctively recognises the company whose application, product or device he or she uses. This gives the user a sense of familiarity and makes the device easy to use even if it is new to the user.
Our user experience design spans the entire life cycle of the product. In other words, we want to develop products on a long-term basis. Products are not mere one-season wonders – they are continuously updated with new functionality, ideas and content. Obviously, they must also be able to take advantage of new technology innovations.
Chris Rawlings, Senior User Experience Designer from Ixonos Finland
Comprehensive planning and analysis with meticulous attention to detail
We work in Ixonos’ Device Creation Centre in Jyväskylä, where we do our part in ensuring that the state-of-the-art mobile devices created here meet and exceed the expectations set by the customers and end users. At the DCC we have an inspiring working environment, with freedom to influence our own way of working and a chance to use top-of-the-line equipment and full support from a great team.
Every working day bring new exciting challenges, but the most basic divide is between working at the home office and trips abroad. When working here in Jyväskylä, we keep in constant contact with mechanics & hardware component suppliers by teleconferences and online meetings as they are mainly located in Asia as well as with our internal and external project teams. Our work involves plenty of scheduling and planning, and the actual design work consists of 3D modelling, colour, material and component analysis, technical calculations, data mining, testing and making of prototypes. We use anything and everything from fancy measuring equipment, microscopes, X-rays and cameras to the most basic screwdrivers and drills. All of this planning, building and testing leads to delivering lots of different type of documentation, which enables the preparation of top quality deliverables that meet the highest demands.
In our work we spend quite a lot of time travelling between different manufacturing sites in Asia. These trips include meetings and trainings as well as component and manufacturing line acceptances, follow-up and problem solving support.
This is rewarding work, as we are able to see the concrete results of our labour and know that what we do has real meaning to the people who use the devices we design.
Aleksi Sievänen, Principal Architect, Mechanics from Ixonos Finland
Anu Parviainen, Project Manager, Mechanics & Quality from Ixonos Finland
Managing international multisite projects
My personal goal is to become better each day and to help my colleagues in any way that I can. I have been working at Ixonos since 2007 and had the opportunity to work in several interesting, international projects. For people with will and passion, Ixonos offers great opportunities to improve your skills and learn new things.
Miroslav Katrak, Project Manager from Ixonos Slovakia