Archive for the 'UX Professionals' topic

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: 3 Big UX Lessons Ripped from 2012 Tech Headlines

In this week’s UIEtips, I share the 3 big UX lessons learned from the top tech headlines of 2012. Here’s an excerpt from the article On the surface, this story was about a company using the inventions of another company without permission. Apple claimed — and the jury agreed — that Samsung violated some critical […]

Building a UX Team? Buy this Book

Lou Adler’s Hire With Your Head is a hidden treasure. The best $19.77 you’ll ever spend. It will help you ensure you get the absolute best UX team, even though ‘user experience’ is not mentioned once in the entire book. Lou shares several head-slappingly simple techniques for hiring the best folks, which is something you […]

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 […]

UIEtips: On UX Leadership

The field of user experience is growing! It’s really quite refreshing to see the number of companies who are starting to view user experience as an essential part of their business strategy. Design skills are in high demand, which is why it’s a great time to be a UX professional. But something is still missing. […]

From Critique, A Language Emerges

I’ve been fascinated by critique lately. It’s a fabulous tool to help the entire team – designers and non-designers alike – learn more about what makes great design great. I’ve learned that you can tell that a team is taking advantage of well-done critiques by the new, personalized language they are now sporting. They have […]

UIEtips: Five Factors for Successful Persona Projects

Personas are one of the most controversial tools in the professional UX toolbox. People either swear by them or swear at them. When they work, they are awesome, but when they fail, well, they fail gloriously. For the past few years, we’ve been researching why so many persona projects have such dismal results. We discovered […]

Playing The Main Character In Your Portfolio Story

Recently, I’ve been talking about having your portfolio tell the story of your best work. One part of any story is the main character, who, in this case, would be you. After all, a project is like an adventure. You start out heading in one direction, then things happen, and you end up growing your […]

Overcoming the Challenges We Face from Designing For Mobile

We’re seeing that the move to designing for mobile can be a real challenge for many UX Professionals. Once they get past the initial thinking that it’s just another screen size, they are hit with all the different dimensions of what it takes to create a great mobile experience. That can seem overwhelming at first. […]

A focus on critical details: The thinking behind UX Immersion’s Full-Day Workshop Format

A lot of folks don’t know this, but we start planning for each UIE conference about eighteen months in advance. This year’s new event, UX Immersion was no different. With this new program, we’re trying to fill a huge unmet need: How do we bring today’s UX Professionals to a new level of producing great […]