User focused API design

2:00pm - 2:25pm on Friday, October 4 in PennTop South

Renato Oliveira

Description

When we talk about Web API Design, we’re usually driven to think in architecture, verbs and nouns. But we often forget our user: the developer.

UX designers rely on many techniques to create great experiences. User research, User Testing, Personas, Usage Data Analysis and others. However when creating invisible products we’re not used to think in usability. So why don’t we take advantage of this background to improve our APIs experiences?

User experience refers to a person’s emotions and attitudes about using a particular product, system or service. If your API is poorly designed, documented or hard to start using and there is no requirement for the developer to use it, they won’t. In fact, it’s more likely for them to build something from scratch to replace your API rather than use it.

In this talk, I’ll show some processes commonly used by UX designers and how we can use them to create a great developer experience.

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