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Developing Your Interviewing Skills, Part I: Preparing for an Interview. Sometimes when we have a poor interview, we blame the person we’ve interviewed.

Developing Your Interviewing Skills, Part I: Preparing for an Interview

That person might be a design stakeholder or current or potential customer. You might be conducting behavioral or stakeholder interviews or running usability test sessions. Lean UX: Getting Out Of The Deliverables Business. User experience design for the Web (and its siblings, interaction design, UI design, et al) has traditionally been a deliverables-based practice.

Lean UX: Getting Out Of The Deliverables Business

Wireframes, site maps, flow diagrams, content inventories, taxonomies, mockups and the ever-sacred specifications document (aka “The Spec”) helped define the practice in its infancy. These deliverables crystallized the value that the UX discipline brought to an organization. Cynefin for Designers – 13 Antipatterns – Medium. “When will it be ready?”

Cynefin for Designers – 13 Antipatterns – Medium

Product Development teams tend to hold together through a set of natural tensions–Product Managers have a focus on delivery; Scrum Masters have a focus on quality of process, and the natural tension between those two foci should produce an acceptable balance of pace vs technical debt. Another natural tension that exists is between that PM focus on delivery and Designers’ (whether UX or Visual) focus on quality of solution. Rapid Prototyping 1 of 3: Sketching & Paper Prototyping. UX is UI – Mike Atherton – Medium. A meme can travel halfway around the world while nuance is putting on its shoes.

UX is UI – Mike Atherton – Medium

Ideas bounce around the Twitters, endorsed and adopted wholeheartedly through fear, surprise, or a fanatical dedication to the church of UX. Mobile-first, responsive over m-dot, prototypes over wireframes. These truths we hold to be self-evident. Complex and contextual ideas, reduced to tweetable dogma. So too the images which attempt to explain User Experience. I know we mean well. Experience Design at Hello Erik. New!

Experience Design at Hello Erik

Arrive here looking for help with a UX resume, or needing some professional consultation? I’m offering resume critique and phone consultation on demand, click here to check out what I can offer! “UX is the intangible design of a strategy that brings us to a solution.” UX has become a neologism. When something has “good UX” it is an implied meaning of having the core components of UX (research, maybe a persona, IA, interaction, interface, etc etc…). I was inspired to write this post after viewing Elisabeth Hubert’s (@lishubert) presentation at the Future of Web Design 2012 conference in Prague. The interface is not the solution. Sprint: Monday. Graphic design legend Milton Glaser dispels a universal misunderstanding of design and art — Quartz. Design is not art.

Graphic design legend Milton Glaser dispels a universal misunderstanding of design and art — Quartz

It’s a distinction understood by practicing designers, but it still eludes many. In an Oct. 29 talk at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the 87-year-old graphic design legend Milton Glaser gave the best definition of the practice of design. Design Thinking 101. Summary: What is design thinking and why should you care?

Design Thinking 101

History and background plus a quick overview and visualization of 6 phases of the design thinking process. Design Doesn’t Scale. Design Doesn’t Scale.

Design Doesn’t Scale.

Design Doesn’t Scale is a statement that has bothered me for the last four-years. When I joined Spotify’s design team in 2012, the level of inconsistency and fragmentation shocked me. Up-close, the treatment of type, colour, imagery, layout, IA, and interactions just didn’t seem to align anywhere. And when I started talking about it, I realised the whole team was frustrated too. We concluded that the fragmentation in the product was just reflecting the fragmentation in the team, that designers spread across so many different projects, timezones and competing timetables, just didn’t stand a chance. Measuring Task Times without Users: MeasuringU. Jeff Sauro • January 4, 2011 A key aspect of usability is efficiency.

Measuring Task Times without Users: MeasuringU

Users should be able to complete tasks quickly. Efficiency is usually measured as time on task, one of the quintessential usability metrics. For transactional tasks done repeatedly, shaving a couple seconds off a time can mean saving minutes per day and hours per week for users (think Accounting, Contact Management and Order Entry). Systems Thinking: A Product Is More Than the Product. A product is actually a service.

Systems Thinking: A Product Is More Than the Product

Although the designer, manufacturer, distributor, and seller may think it is a product, to the buyer, it offers a valuable service. The easiest example is the automatic teller machine (ATM), or as many people think of it, a cash dispenser. To the company that manufactures it as well as to the bank that purchases it, the ATM is a product. But to the customer, the ATM provides a service. UX Project Checklist.

8 habits of veteran UX designers. One of the fables that floats around UX teams is that of the US space program and its quest for a pen that could be used in anti-gravity. They reportedly spent million dollars developing a high-tech writing utensil with ink that remained solid until the flow of writing and a pressurized chamber that made it useful upside-down. The Russian cosmonauts, however, simply brought pencils. Though this story isn’t wholly true, it shines light on the necessity of understanding the larger picture.

The space pen did make it into orbit and was a privately-funded accomplishment in engineering. 3 ways to strengthen your discovery phase. The discovery phase of a project reminds me so much of dating—specifically that point in a new relationship where you realize you really like the person and want to get to know the real them. Why they want to be with you, what they expect, what makes them happy, what makes them sad. How to conquer designer’s block. It happens to everyone from time to time. A creative block. An empty mind. Continuum – ‘Live Labs': Prototyping Environments to Measure Customer Experience. In this digital age, companies have become accustomed to capturing real-time customer data from websites and apps with the click of a mouse or tap of a finger.

Nearly every interaction that a customer has on these digital platforms is logged in the form of 1’s and 0’s, making it cheap and easy for a designer to tweak a site’s interface and see almost instantaneously how that affects customers’ behaviors. In a physical service environment, however, obtaining that kind of rich quantitative customer experience data can be much more difficult. Making it Real. As a result of software eating the world, physical products and environments are smart and connected. There is a shift from focusing on product to multi-channel user experience, and successful companies are employing multidisciplinary teams involving the disciplines of interaction design, industrial design, architecture, branding and service design.

Prototyping has become a way to ensure teams are designing and building the right system of interdependent touchpoints. At Adaptive Path, we employ rapid prototyping in nearly every design iteration. This is Service Design Thinking. Design Kit. The importance of prototyping: Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley.

Image courtesy IDEO/Nicolas Zurcher Tom and David Kelley of the award-winning Palo Alto-based global design firm IDEO have been helping private and public sector organizations innovate, grow and bring to market new ideas for 35 years; projects include Apple’s first computer mouse and a stand-up toothpaste dispenser for Procter & Gamble. In their new book, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, the brothers recount anecdotes from their work at IDEO and at Stanford's d.school (the institute of design created by David Kelley), and offer tips to help everyone build creative muscle in an era when success depends on innovation in every field.

6 key insights on UX design. At Dom & Tom, we’ve developed mobile apps and online platforms for over half a decade. Three Ways To Reframe A Problem To Find An Innovative Solution. Everything really comes down to solving problems. Don't Build When You Build-Measure-Learn. The Design Process: A Pyramid. Questions to answer before nailing your next design project. Almost two years ago, I got to sit down with Ryan Germick, the lead of the Google Doodle team. Design researchers must think fast and slow.

The product design sprint: setting the stage. Making Good Design Decisions. #23 – How to run a design critique. Unlike a brainstorming meeting, where the goal is to come up with new ideas, a critique meeting is focused on evaluating a set of existing ideas, and possibly identify future directions or changes. Matching a Designer to the Right Project — The Year of the Looking Glass. 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. Measuring Usability Calculators. In Defense Of A/B Testing - Smashing Magazine.

Statistical significance & other A/B pitfalls — Cennydd Bowles. When to Use Which User Experience Research Methods. Testing Content. » Customer Development Interviews How-to: What You Should Be Learning. Startup Lab workshop: User Research, Quick 'n' Dirty. A Five-Step Process For Conducting User Research. How to find great participants for your user study.

Ethnography Fieldguide - Helsinki Design Lab. Replacing The User Story With The Job Story — Jobs To Be Done. Minimum Viable Product vs. Minimum Delightful Product. A shorthand for designing UI flows by Ryan of Basecamp. UX Crash Course: 31 Fundamentals.