Interview with Marcel Takagi

Marcel Takagi

1. Tell us about you?

Despite my French/Japanese name, I am a German who lives and works in Hong Kong. When I am not working on the User Experience of Jobs DB, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two dogs, hiking the beautiful country sites of Hong Kong or searching Geocaches with friends.

2. What will you be teaching at UX Hong Kong 2013 and why is it important as it relates to a program of learning?

What I want to share with people at UXHK is my experience of working with cross-functional teams in Asia and Europe. A key aspect for my work is not to look at UX as an isolated practice. Successful UX work for me means bridging the gaps between the various disciplines in a company – to work jointly on achieving good outcomes. Combining this idea with sharing learnings and challenges of doing UX work in Asia will hopefully be the foundation for a rich discussion. And actually I hope to learn as well a lot from the workshop participants from their UX stories, ideas and work.

3. What/who are you looking forward to see in Hong Kong?

On the last two UX HK I really enjoyed the variety of interesting people who come to Hong Kong from all over the world, so I am looking forward to having many interesting conversations again, about UX in different cultural contexts.

4. What topics are on the horizon for UX that interest you?

In the last 10 years I have seen how UX practice evolved from usability and HCI in Europe. Now, being in Asia, it is fascinating to see how the field starts to grow interest over here. I feel we are still at the beginning, but UX in Asia is maturing at a higher pace… Going forward I believe we will be talking more and more about value to organizations and impact of UX.