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DDX'24 Munich: Source of Inspiration

Last weekend was a fantastic time for BeeOurly, since we participated at DDX '24 Munich - UX & Innovation Conference, a part of the Munich Creative Business Week - Germany's largest design festival that brings together the large community of designers, strategists, entrepreneurs and product leaders who are driven to foster positive change. We had a unique chance to engage with 300 enthusiastic visitors, including academicians and investors keen to explore the innovations of 20 promising startups. Meeting amazing people, getting familiar with exciting projects, and gaining lots of valuable insights - what can be better? Now we can't wait to put everything we've learned into action, and here are some most inspiring impressions that we gained.
Our founders Natalia Peryazeva and Horst Krumbach
Beyond Function: Why Minimum Viable Experience Matters

In the fast-paced world of product development, the mantra "ship it!" often reigns supreme. Getting a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) out the door is crucial for testing the market and iterating quickly. But are we sacrificing something essential in our race to launch?

The answer lies in understanding the difference between viable and valuable. An MVP might be functional, but does it truly resonate with users? Does it spark joy, inspire action, or seamlessly integrate into their lives? This is where the concept of Minimum Viable Experience (MVE) comes in.

MVE shifts the focus from mere functionality to user-centric design. It asks us to consider:

1. Emotional Impact: Does your product elicit positive emotions? Does it feel intuitive and enjoyable to use?

2. Seamless Integration: Does it fit effortlessly into the user's existing workflows and habits?

3. Addressing Real Needs: Does it solve a genuine problem in a way that users truly value?

Building an MVE requires a deeper understanding of your target audience. It means conducting thorough user research, prototyping different interaction models, and prioritizing user feedback throughout the development process. The goal is to create a product that people not only use, but love to use.

Elevating Design: From Problem-Solving to Emotional Resonance

Good design is more than just aesthetics. It's about solving problems and creating seamless user experiences. But *great* design transcends functionality. It delves into the realm of emotion, creating products that resonate on a deeper level.

Think about the products you love. Do they merely serve their purpose, or do they evoke something more? A sense of delight, a feeling of connection, an appreciation for the craftsmanship and attention to detail?

Here's how to elevate your design from good to great:

1. Focus on the User Journey: Map out every touchpoint a user has with your product. Identify opportunities to inject moments of delight, surprise, and emotional connection.

2. Tell a Story: Every product has a narrative. Use design to communicate this story, evoke brand personality, and build a deeper relationship with your users.

3. Sweat the Details: The "little things" matter. Pay attention to micro-interactions, animations, sound design, and the overall aesthetic to create a cohesive and impactful experience.

Reframing Problems: The Key to Unconventional Solutions

We often approach problems with a fixed mindset, focusing on finding a solution within the confines of our initial understanding. But what if the real breakthrough lies in reframing the problem itself?

When faced with a challenge:

- Dig Deep for the Root Cause: Don't just address the symptoms. Question your assumptions, gather diverse perspectives, and uncover the underlying issues driving the problem.

- Explore Different Lenses: Challenge the initial framing of the problem. Consider alternative perspectives, analogous situations, and unexpected connections.

- Embrace Unconventional Solutions: Reframing opens up a world of creative possibilities. Don't be afraid to explore unorthodox approaches and experiment with novel solutions.

By shifting our perspective, we can unlock innovative ideas and uncover paths to better solutions that might have remained hidden otherwise.

All in all, hearing from leading UX designers provided us with game-changing advice for enhancing our app's user-friendliness. The perspectives shared by university professors and scientists reinforced the importance of adapting to our increasingly digital society, especially by focusing on digital inclusion for elderly users.

We were thrilled to receive positive feedback from industry professionals regarding BeeOurly's targeted approach, adherence to GDPR standards, and commitment to superior data protection. These elements are what set us apart in the market. We also deeply appreciate the constructive feedback received, which will help us continue to improve.

A huge thank you to the organizers of DDX’24 in Munich for creating such an engaging and inspiring event. We left feeling energized, motivated, and equipped with valuable knowledge to further develop BeeOurly and better serve our users.