Archive for the 'Critique' topic

UIEtips: Setting the Foundation for Meaningful Critiques – Goals, Principles, Personas and Scenarios

Doing critiques well and constructively is no easy task. Often designers feel picked on or that the feedback doesn’t give enough direction. According to Adam Connor, a key concept to remember is that “critique is a form of analysis”. It’s a discussion on what is working well and what areas need improvement. To do this […]

Improving the Critique and Design Process

Giving critique is not an easy task. Doing it constructively and effectively without hurting someone’s feelings or coming off as cruel and inflexible is difficult. Being able to successfully critique and create design studios is so important we’ve dedicated many articles and podcasts to the topic, along with a full-day workshop. In this post, we’ve […]

Adam Connor – Design Studio: Building Consensus Early in Your Design Process

Getting two people to agree on something is a difficult task in any aspect of life. Getting a whole team to agree on a design, where underlying feelings, ownership, and organizational hierarchy are involved, can be an even greater challenge. That’s not even counting the dreaded “swoop and poop” scenario. The trick is to get everyone involved early in the design process and a design studio is a perfect tool for just that.

UIETips: Goods, Bads, and Dailies – Lessons for Conducting Great Critiques

  Critique is a critical role in the design process but often it’s not done in a productive manner. In this article, I explores critique techniques and discusses four important roles of the process. Design studios and critiques are so instrumental in the design processes that we’ve included it as a one day workshop at […]

Adam Connor & Aaron Irizarry – Building Consensus in Critiques and Design Studios

Critique is often confused with being negative and critical. However, the basis of critique is communication. Having strongly grounded communication is necessary for any relationship in life, work related or not.

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What is innovation in UX design?

So here’s the thing: Innovation isn’t a bad word. Overused? Perhaps. But not bad. How do I know this? Because cheese in bread, cookie dough in ice cream, and Genius Bars inside Apple stores are AMAZING. These are just a few examples of innovation that create great user experiences. They’re creative ways of putting existing […]

UIEtips: Goods, Bads, and Dailies – Lessons for Conducting Great Critiques

In today’s UIEtips, I explain how child magicians and Pixar Media have mastered critique and how you can incorporate this into your design process. Here’s an excerpt from the article. Giving the presenter a chance to show their work without being interrupted by a string of questions turns out to be pretty important. After seeing […]

UIEtips: Collaboration through the Design Studio – An Interview with Adam Connor and Aaron Irizarry

In today’s UIEtips, I discuss with Adam Connor and Aaron Irizarry how to use design studio as a process to improve team communication and achieve design goals. This article is based on a podcast I had with Aaron and Adam back in August, 2012. Here’s an excerpt from the article. Jared Spool: So when you […]

Adam Connor & Aaron Irizarry – Collaboration through Design Studio and Critique

Structure aids collaboration and helps achieve consensus. If everyone is participating in a structured environment, you begin with a greater level of understanding. Using a design studio as a process can get everyone on the team communicating and moving in the same direction.