Archive for the 'user research' topic

UIEtips: Starting Your User Research

In this week’s UIEtips, we look back at a past article where I discuss several different user research strategies and the profound impact they can have on your products. Here’s an excerpt from the article: “Damn, I wish we’d done this a year ago.” That’s what I hear right after I’ve started a team on […]

UIEtips: Genius Design’s Little Secrets

In this week’s UIEtips, I discuss the sophisticated approach of genius design. Here’s an excerpt from the article: A team that approaches genius design needs to focus on a specific problem that has a big enough market to provide a decent return on the investment. For example, an agency might decide they’ll become the industry […]

UIEtips: Context-Aware Design – A New Frontier

In this week’s UIEtips, I discusses the concept of context-aware design, where it is today, and the possibilities of its future. Here’s an excerpt from the article Imagine being in a foreign city, trying to get across town to catch a train. Not knowing where you are, relative to the train station. Getting to the […]

UIEtips: Making Content More Usable for both Designers and the End User

In this week’s UIEtips, Adam Churchill interviews Steph Hay about the difference between marketing and usable content and methods to help copywriters and designers work together in creating design and copy? Here’s an excerpt from the article I have to think about the user, so I typically start with a text file. I create the […]

UIEtips: Mobile UX’s Tsunami-Sized Ripple Effects

In this week’s UIEtips, I look at how mobile technology affects our design and development decisions and how it changes the user experience. Here’s an excerpt from the article It’s a big deal. A really big deal. The pebble of the mobile phone hitting the market has grown into a massive, earth-moving force of nature […]

Change Attitudes By Involving Developers in Regular Usability Testing

Here’s a simple trick that will produce dramatic improvements in your product or service: bring the developers to your usability tests. Have them spend time watching users actually use the things they’ve built. I’ve been doing this for 30 years and every time it’s exactly the same. As soon as they see someone working with […]

UIE’s Most Popular Resource & Information Tweets: Sept. 8 – 14

Here’s a recap of the resources and information we shared on Twitter last week. Mobile Infographic on mobile commerce vs. e-commerce. User Research If you’re starting out on some user research, these techniques may help you out. UX Design and Web Development Interesting post from @peterme on what really is UX design. 10 lessons relating […]

UIE’s Most Popular Resource and Content Tweets: 8/4 – 8/10

Here’s a recap of the resources and information we shared on Twitter last week. Usability Some great usability and user research war stories. This article has some good examples and points to help sell usability testing with execs. Mobile New UI17 speaker podcast: @lukew – Designing Multi-Device User Experiences. Need some help creating cross-platform mobile […]

Whitney Quesenbery – The Characteristics of Effective Personas

It’s impossible to design something if you don’t know who you’re designing for. Developing personas through user research is a great way to create a portrait of your users. But once you have your personas, what do you do with them? That’s a question Whitney Quesenbery says she encounters more and more lately.

Visitors Are Not All The Same – Moving Beyond Conversion Rates, Part 3

Moving Beyond Conversion Rates: You can read this in Italian thanks to Marco Dini. Part 1: Avoid Ratios for Metrics Part 2: Not All Visitors Make Great Customers Part 3: Visitors Are Not All The Same (this) Part 4: Campaigns Are Where Conversion Rates Shine Part 5: Measuring Money Left On The Table The electronics […]