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Design Studios, When Done Well, Change Organizations For The Better

In this week’s article I discuss how design studios have the power to change your organization for the better. Here’s an excerpt from the article: We can see the day-to-day chaotic hustle-bustle of our projects. Yet, it’s hard to see the change we’re creating in our organizations. When we take a step back, we can see […]

What Makes a Design Seem ‘Intuitive’?

In this week’s article I discuss what makes a design intuitive. Here’s an excerpt for you: The biggest challenge in making a design seem intuitive to users is learning where the current and target knowledge points are. What do users already know and what do they need to know? To build intuitive interfaces, answering these […]

A Typical UX Team of One Job Description

In this week’s article Leah Buley discusses how to spot a UX team-of-one in job listings. Here’s an excerpt for you: This may point to a lack of awareness about the processes and people involved in user experience work. Some user experience professionals do include graphic design in their arsenal of tools, but many do […]

Net Promoter Score Considered Harmful (and What UX Professionals Can Do About It)

In this week’s article, I discuss the implications of the Net Promoter Score (NPS) and why it shouldn’t be used. Here’s an excerpt for you: One of the crazier things about the Net Promoter Score is how it’s calculated. The inputs come from a simple survey. Respondents are asked a single question: How likely are […]

UX Metrics: Identify Trackable Footprints and Avoid the Woozles

In this week’s article I discuss how to capture key UX metrics. Here’s an excerpt for you: Teams often start with the metrics that come out of the box. Tools like Google Analytics come with metrics that have important sounding names, like Unique Visitors, Bounce Rate, and Time on Page. However, most teams quickly realize these […]

Promise, Vision, Scenario, and User Stories

In this week’s article I discuss how to to deliver the right promises to your users. Here’s an excerpt from the article: People like to share their stories with me. Lately, many of these stories have been about their experiences on recent United Airlines flights. I’ve become a bit of a magnet for United Airlines stories. […]

Content-First Design

In this week’s article Steph Hay discusses how content can help to positively influence design. Here’s an excerpt from the article: I never dreamed practicing content-first design and talking about it at a couple conferences would lead me to work for a bank. Especially one I knew nothing about. But the idea of creating jobs […]

How Designers Turn Into Design Leaders

In this week’s article, I discuss effective ways to identify, support, and develop design managers into design leaders within an organization. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Just having a person appointed as design manager won’t get the organization great designs. Design leaders have to emerge for that to happen. Those leaders have to formulate […]

Emergent Principles: A Rebel Leader’s Secret to Better Team Design Decisions

In this week’s article, I discuss how “emergent principles” can become tools for teams to make tough design decisions. Here’s an excerpt from the article: …The principles came about as the team was learning, often deep in the middle of their projects. The list of principles was growing and the teams were embracing each one. […]

Goal Challenges and Tool Challenges

In today’s article, I discuss how to design for two types of challenges.  If users are distracted by controlling the interface, they can’t pay attention to the thing they came to do. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Two Dots’ designers also needed to put in tools to control the play of the game, such as changing levels, […]