Archive for the 'user research' topic

Christine Perfetti – Jumpstart Your UX Research Program

UX folks often have to sell the importance of the field to stakeholders. That’s also the case with user research. The costs and time associated with starting a research program, and actually interacting with users, are sources of a lot of friction. Organizations are now seeing the value in user research but it’s daunting to know where to begin. It’s also difficult to fit research into an already established process.

UIETips: Three Questions You Shouldn’t Ask During User Research

Understanding where your users are hitting roadblocks in your design will allow you to build more user friendly designs. It’s what Christine Perfetti will focus on in October during her full day UI18 workshop Jumpstart Your UX Research. She suggests figuring out the right questions to ask in order to pinpoint where you can innovate […]

Limited Seats Left at the $1,389 Rate for the User Interface 18 Conference

The 125 seats at the $1,389 rate are moving fast for the User Interface 18 Conference. Once the remaining 28 seats are gone, the price goes up $300 to $1,689. Take advantage of the lowest available price and register now for the UI18 Conference in Boston, MA October 21-23. Daylong Workshops Are the Core of […]

Kim Goodwin – Using Scenarios to Design Intuitive Experiences

Scenarios can represent the ideal picture of a user’s experience with a product or service because you can see how and when they’ll interact. However, a scenario is often missing the details of what’s going on at this moment in time and that can be a sticking point. This is where the value of the journey map emerges.

For the UX Team of One: Research & Design –
our July 11 Virtual Seminar

If you’re the only user-experience voice on your team, you’re constantly balancing your time between selling its value to your organization and improving your own design skills. In Research and Design for the UX Team of One, Leah Buley shows you an inclusive and cross-functional process to achieve both outcomes quicker, including: Lead discovery and planning […]

Get Your Design Team to All Our Virtual Seminars,
July through December

The virtual seminar schedule is in place for the rest of 2013. We’re bringing you the latest thinking on relevant topics, such as hiring a designer, designing with remote teams, and design workflow, just to name a few. And as always, these seminars are presented by the leading experts in our field, like Leah Buley, […]

Usability Testing Delivers More Value Before You’ve Changed Your Design

Teams faced with only a single opportunity to conduct usability testing often decide to schedule those tests after they’ve made changes to their design. They think the testing will help them work the kinks out of the changes, giving them a final chance to polish it up before the final release. Unfortunately, this rarely works […]

UIEtips: Incorporating Content Strategy into Your Information Architecture

In this week’s UIEtips, Margot Bloomstein shares examples of how organizations are successfully incorporating content strategy into their information architecture. Here’s an excerpt from the article: What’s in, and what’s out? “In my experience, it is very easy for brilliant information architects (or UX people who do information architecture) to underestimate the importance of editorial […]

Shifting to Disposable Personas

“We tried creating personas and it was hard. It took us months and they never got traction. Eventually we abandoned the project.” I’ve heard this dozens of times from design team managers. They all embarked on these big persona projects, often with energy and excitement, only to find that energy dissipate and the project lose […]

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 […]