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UIE Article – Bending the Protocols: Useful Variations on Usability Tests

I remember my first usability test like it was yesterday, even though it was actually more than 30 years ago. I sat in the newly built lab (first of its kind) and watched the participant through the silvered glass as they struggled with the design we were working on. What I didn’t know then was […]

UIE Article: The $300 Million Button

In today’s article, I tell a story about a client who found a way to dramatically increase their e-commerce site’s revenues with a couple of simple changes. While the story is interesting, the story-behind-the-story is just as interesting. The client had hired us because they were concerned about checkout-process abandonment. Their analytics were showing a 13% […]

UIE Article: Content and Design Are Inseparable Work Partners

It’s not uncommon within organizations that web site content is treated differently and separately from the web site design process. Yet the users do not separate the two and see it as one experience. When the content and design process are not done hand-in-hand, poor user experiences is often the result. Today we re-print an […]

UIE Article: Team Models for Scaling a Design System

In this week’s article, Nathan Curtis investigates different variants of centralizing and federating decision making around a design system. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Now, more designers code. Now, more developers design. Product managers have their hands dirty with everything. They all work tribally in teams spread throughout an enterprise. You can’t legitimately tell […]

UIE Newsletter: Themes – A Small Change to Product Roadmaps with Large Effects

In this week’s article, I investigate Themes, in which instead of promising to build a specific feature, the team commits to solving a specific customer problem. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Part of solving a customer’s problem is making sure you don’t make it worse. By having the problem as the starting point for […]

UIE Newsletter: The Dirty Dozen Roadmap Roadblocks

In this week’s article, Bruce defines the product roadmap and offers twelve areas where organizations break down when developing roadmaps. Best of all, he shares ideas on how to put all twelve roadblocks in your rearview mirror. Here’s an excerpt from the article: A good roadmap inspires. It inspires buy-in from executives, inspires confidence from […]

August Free Resources – Articles & Podcasts

Missed some of the articles and podcasts we published in August.  Here they are. Recent Articles Content-First Design by Steph Hay Game designers start with the story, and then they design for discovery—learning in the moment not only increases retention and engagement, but it’s delightful and emotionally empowering. Effective Remote Design by Jim Kalbach The fact […]

UIETips: Hire UX Experts or Give Your Team Their Own UX Skills?

In this week’s UIEtips, we reprint the article Hiring UX experts versus giving your team their own UX skills. In the article, I explain why you should be transitioning from a single UX expert to a UX-aware team. Here’s an excerpt: UX is a complex field because there are lots of complexities: accessibility, mobile design, working […]

UIETips: Enabling Design Influence at Scale

In this week’s UIEtips, we publish an article from Chris Avore on Design Influence. In the article Chris  explores design driven success. Here’s an excerpt: Just showing the rest of the organization what your team is doing isn’t enough to scale design—it’s just giving you the credibility and visibility you’ll need when other leaders ask […]

UIETips: Riding the Magic Escalator of Acquired Knowledge

In today’s UIEtips, we’re reprinting an article from me. In it I explore a simple visualization tool we invented to help teams and stakeholders see where their designs are too complex for their users and what they can do about it. I call this tool the Magic Escalator of Acquired Knowledge and, as you’ll see, […]