Archive for the 'UX' topic

Spirits, Claws, and Analytics — A study in superstition and science

The innate problem with analytics packages is they tell you if something is happening but not why. With the sheer number of numbers that you can look it, it can be hard to determine if something is even important. If it’s tracked, it must be important, right?

Much like superstition, something that is believed to be an important metric may not apply to the reality of your product or service’s experience. Understanding the behavior of your users, introducing some science, is what leads to greater context and insight.

Your Job Ad: The Start of a Great Hiring Experience

In this week’s article I share how to hire the best and brightest designers you can. Here’s an excerpt from the article: For most organizations, hiring falls under what we’d call unintentional design. People in distant parts of the organization who have nothing to do with the new position are the ones who create the hiring […]

What Really Matters: Focusing on Top Tasks

In this week’s article I revisit Gerry McGovern’s discussion on Top Tasks. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Digital is a space of endless replication. It has never been easier to create—and create, and create. People love to publish, but they hate to remove, which leads to overloaded websites and constant, inevitable redesigns. The top layers […]

Service Design Thinking

In this week’s article I revisit Marc Stickdorn’s discussion on Service Design Thinking. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Service Design or Design Thinking is often linked with terms, such as innovation (process), change, and improvement. How can Service Design Thinking be integrated in an organization as a mean of change? Service Design became more and […]

A Proven Method For Showing The Value Of Good UX

In this week’s article I share a four step process for how organizations can translate costs from a poor UX design into a vision for making a great product or service. Here are excerpts from the article: Organizations that aren’t fixated on creating great user experiences are usually saddled with poor user experiences. A great user […]

Help! Is There a Cardiothoracic Surgeon in the Room?

In this week’s article I revisit my research on what makes the ideal UX team. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Some of you may know that during the past 16 years, we’ve been researching what makes the ideal UX team. One of our early results is that roles don’t matter, skills do. It doesn’t matter if […]

Who Is on the UX Team?

In this week’s article I revisit the various types of UX teams and who they’re made of. Here’s an excerpt from the article: The first big distinction between the struggling and successful teams was who they considered as part of their team. When we asked folks who was on their team, the members of the struggling teams […]

The Right Way to Train the Wrong Way to Research – UI Conference Podcast

When we’re training teams on our design methods, what we perceive as ‘proper’ may in fact become a hinderance. Our dogmatic approach to our processes may prevent people from ever employing the techniques. Is it better to do it the right way, or to teach a wrong way that will get the job done?

Amy Jo Kim – Turbocharge Your Product Design with Game Thinking Live!

You’ve got a groundbreakingly innovative product idea, and you’ve assembled a crack team of designers. You know exactly what you want to do, but you’re unsure of how to do it. Without a framework to drive your product development, it’s Game Over.

Chris Risdon – Shaping Behavior, by Design Live!

Mobile, ambient technology, and connected devices are about mediating people’s behavior in their environments. Uncovering the whys and hows that drive behavior takes empathy, hours of observation, and masterful prototyping skills. You’ll succeed when you make, test, iterate, and learn.