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Wireframes are dead, long live rapid prototyping. Wireframes, your time is up.

Wireframes are dead, long live rapid prototyping

You’ve served your purpose. You’ve brought order where there was once chaos and provided gainful employment for thousands of UX designers, but I’m afraid now it’s time for you to go to the big recycling bin in the sky. You’re just no longer cut out for the cut and thrust of UX design and have been replaced by that young upstart called rapid prototyping. In this article I argue why you too should ditch wireframes and embrace rapid prototyping. Lean ways to test your new business idea. I’ll be honest, I’m a bit late to the party.

Lean ways to test your new business idea

I’ve only just completed Eric Ries book, ‘The Lean Startup’, that was published to much acclaim last year. I put off reading it, believing it would be another generic how-to-start-a-high-tech-business book. I already have a bookshelf full of these kinds of book, most of them unread beyond the initial chapter. Why most UX is shite. I was invited to speak at the event this week where getting a little sweary and ranty is kind of encouraged (it goes well with the craft beer consumption that is an integral part of the conference mix).

Why most UX is shite

This was my contribution. 6 Steps for Measuring Success on UX Projects. – By MARK DISCIULLO The tepid economy is putting pressure on everyone from executives to User Experience (UX) teams to show direct, measurable results.

6 Steps for Measuring Success on UX Projects

So, I’m often surprised to hear of the many projects that include a UX component to them, yet there isn’t any true, quantifiable success criteria defined for UX. Even more rare, are efforts to baseline the current design experience of an interface or product prior to a relaunch so any newly “defined” success criteria has some context. This is critical information to know so you can quantify whether or not your new designs have truly made improvements compared to past designs. Source Order, Skip links and Structural labels. Presented at OZeWAI Conference, 9 December 2005 Summary Is page source order important to screen reader users?

Source Order, Skip links and Structural labels

Recently, the idea of placing the informational content of a web page before the navigation has gained some currency. This paper reports on our research into the relevance and importance of page source order, skip links and structural labels for screen reader users. Usability Testing Is Qualitative Only If You Can’t Count. By Jon Innes Published: February 21, 2011 “Too many VP- and C-level folks still have no idea how to measure the value of usability or UX design initiatives.”

Usability Testing Is Qualitative Only If You Can’t Count

I’ve recently found myself in a lot of discussions over the value of traditional user research methods. In particular, the value of that staple of user research we know as the usability test and its relevance in today’s world of Google Analytics and A/B and multivariate testing. From Wireframes to Code, Part I. By Bill Schmidt Published: December 20, 2010.

From Wireframes to Code, Part I

Subject-Matter Experts: Putting Users at the Center of the Design Process. By Demetrius Madrigal and Bryan McClain Published: February 7, 2011 “The insights we gain from interacting directly with users are invaluable.”

Subject-Matter Experts: Putting Users at the Center of the Design Process

This month we’ll discuss the process of putting users at the center of the design process and what that means in regard to both design and product strategy. Unmoderated, Remote Usability Testing: Good or Evil? By Kyle Soucy Published: January 18, 2010 “Recently, there has been a surge in the number of tools that are available for conducting unmoderated, remote usability testing—and this surge is changing the usability industry.”

Unmoderated, Remote Usability Testing: Good or Evil?

Conducting traditional synchronous, or moderated, usability testing requires a moderator to communicate with test participants and observe them during a study—either in person or remotely. Unmoderated, automated, or asynchronous usability testing, as the name implies, occurs remotely, without a moderator. The use of a usability testing tool that automatically gathers the participants’ feedback and records their behavior makes this possible. Remote & Online Usability Testing Tool. Protect Usability Tests from Yourself. Whether you’re testing an existing product, involved in a site redesign, or working on a completely new site, your biggest challenge is often yourself.

Here are a few ways you might unintentionally cause problems: Your personal experience with a company, product, or application skews your interpretation. Think about an application you use daily. You know exactly where it frustrates you the most and maybe even how you’d fix it. "Strategic UX" by Leisa Reichelt at London IA. I was going to start this blog post off with a quote from Leisa Reichelt’s recent London IA talk, but she came out with so many pithy one liners that it was impossible to pick one.

"Strategic UX" by Leisa Reichelt at London IA

Leisa’s basic premise was that if you read some of the very best books about management strategy and techniques, they sound awfully familiar to anyone who has ever read a UX book. For example, they have a focus on businesses being successful by serving customer needs - a criteria for design success that we are all familiar with. The problem, Leisa suggests, is that actually a lot of the managers you’ll come across during your career haven’t been to business school or read the very best text books about management strategy. Well-designed error messages - Formulate Information Design. Error messages are a necessary part of every form On electronic forms, error messages indicate when input is missing or invalid. Even if your form has been carefully designed with great user experience in mind, you'll still need error messages as form-fillers are…well…only human.

We all make typographical mistakes, accidentally miss fields and make our own, sometimes unusual, interpretation of questions and field labels. Why Your Form Buttons Should Never Say Submit. By anthony on 01/05/11 at 10:27 pm When you see a Submit button on a form, what comes to your mind? One could easily reason that clicking the button submits the user’s information into the system for processing. A Submit button describes what the system does well, but it doesn’t describe what the user does at all. Top 10 Research-Based Usability Findings of 2010: Measuring Usability Blog. Asking Questions About Internet Behavior.

By Caroline Jarrett Published: February 7, 2011 “Steve Krug’s newest book … inspired me to think again about my whole approach to usability testing.” Have you read Steve Krug’s newest book, Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems? Encyclopedia of Usability, HCI, and more. A Beginner’s Guide To A/B Testing: Exceptional Web Copy. Optimizing the copy on your website is at least as important as optimizing the design, especially if the primary goal of that site is to convert visitors. Infinite Scrolling Best Practices. 25 great free UX tools « UX for the masses. There might be no such thing as a free lunch but thanks to the wonders of Open Source software, freeware and trial software there most certainly is such a thing as free software.

Customer account experience - Neo Insight January 2011 newsletter. Neo Insight's e-newsletter on Customer Experience topics and techniques. Killing the Cancel Button on Forms for Good. UX Project Documentation: Answering Why, What and How. Many people don’t see the importance of archiving what transpired during a project. Either that, or they treat the documentation process as a simple compilation of all the deliverables generated. In order to truly learn from their mistakes, though, designers must give more consideration to narrative documentation. Password Usability Perils to Avoid. Password usability is simple, right?