background preloader

UX Apprentice

UX Apprentice
Research Adam hired me to design his iPad application. I initially met with him and his investors at the restaurant to determine the scope of the project and the objectives: reduce the wait time for customers to place an order increase customer spending by encouraging multiple courses create a unique dining experience I noticed that there was a disconnect between Adam’s vision and the stakeholders’. Adam wanted to create the coolest experience ever, with all the bells and whistles, while the investors envisioned launching a minimum viable product, then adding incremental improvements. The burden was on my team to find out what the customers would consider a “viable” menu system. Quick & Dirty Research Adam and his team provided us with the current analytics: average spend, dining time, size of parties. The Map Leads the Way Next time we met with the team, we brought our research findings.

http://www.uxapprentice.com/discovery/

Related:  User ExperienceUX

When Agile and User Experience Click By Todd Zazelenchuk and Jeff Larson Published: January 21, 2013 “No two software development teams are the same. They may vary in their composition, experience level, the proximity of their members, and their organizations’ willingness to embrace agile development methods.” Try this test: Find three UX friends and ask them about the compatibility of UX design with agile development.

10 Tips for Writing Good User Stories 1 Users Come First As its name suggests, a user story describes how a customer or user employs the product; it is written from the user’s perspective. What’s more, user stories are particularly helpful to capture a specific functionality, such as, searching for a product or making a booking. The following picture illustrates the relationship between the user, the story, and the product functionality (symbolised by the circle). If you don’t know who the users and customers are and why they would want to use the product, then you should not write any user stories. Carry out the necessary user research first, for example, by observing and interviewing users.

Hello Erik - User Experience @Erik_UX New! 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.

Showcase of Interesting Navigation Designs Advertisement Everyone is always looking for interesting and effective ways to organize their website and allow users to move about and find things. But there’s a fine line between unexpected and unusable. 5 Key User Experience Design Principles It’s not uncommon for people to forget about the importance and value of a good user experience. Why? Well, to be honest, processing it is second nature to most of us and we usually do that subconsciously. Find an app on your phone, a piece of software, a website or even a kitchen gadget that works great and helps you get from point A to point B quickly and enjoyably – that’s great user design. Don’t like using it?

Lean UX: Getting Out Of The Deliverables Business Advertisement User experience design for the Web (and its siblings, interaction design, UI design, et al) has traditionally been a deliverables-based practice. 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. Over time, though, this deliverables-heavy process has put UX designers in the deliverables business — measured and compensated for the depth and breadth of their deliverables instead of the quality and success of the experiences they design. Designers have become documentation subject matter experts, known for the quality of the documents they create instead of the end-state experiences being designed and developed.

Nielsen Norman Group Research Report A good intranet portal provides easy access to all enterprise information, resources and tools. Intranet portals can also effectively consolidate applications, connect information, drive governance, change communication, and reduce fragmentation. Comprehensive case studies show how the portal team can deliver what the organization and its users (your employees) need to be successful. Some of the most-praised features of intranet portals turn out not to be needed in most companies.

Mobile User Experience: Why Analyzing It Is Crucial With the countless choices one has in the app marketplace it is crucial to provide one which caters to the user. The path to finding valuable information about your user(s) come from measuring and analyzing the user experience (UX). Traditionally, such as through a desktop environment, you would operate analytical tools that would spit out hard data. You could see, for example with a website, how people behaved by their browsing habits and by setting goals to provide helpful data on conversions. nng User Experience 2004 in Amsterdam - mprove.de Abstract Good designers already know how to make products attractive (visceral design) and how to appeal to self- and brand-image (reflective design). Good behavioral designers know how to make products usable and understandable–indeed, that's the focus of most of this conference. It's time now to turn our attention to pleasure and fun. Here, the challenge for designers is behavioral design, where expectations drive emotions. This is where hope and fear, and satisfaction and anger reside.

5 user experience guidelines for ecommerce - Webcredible blog In my time at Webcredible I’ve been involved in a lot of user testing for ecommerce clients. It always strikes me just how many things you need to consider and optimise to provide the best possible user experience. The following UX tips should provide a starting point so you can improve conversion rates and make your website easier to use. 1. 23 Reasons Your Website Sucks Not to be harsh, but the reality is that plenty of businesses out there are running websites that do a serious disservice to their brand images. Whether it’s because their designs haven’t been updated in the past decade or that their sites don’t render properly in a mobile environment, it’s important to be aware of the pitfalls that affect both beginning and more experienced website owners. Let’s get right to it: here are 23 reasons your website sucks – along with recommendations on how to fix the specific issues that are currently plaguing your site: 1. Your site’s design is outdated – It isn’t 1996 anymore!

Lean Strategy for UX Design Last Fall, we were working on a product for a client whose industry was undergoing substantial disruption. The project involved a robust upfront discovery piece running the full gamut of customer insights, competitive analysis, and even business model exploration. We undertook lots of primary and secondary research, thoroughly analyzed the data, and generated a nicely synthesized plan.

Upcoming trends in UX and design - Webcredible blog At the start of the new year some of our clients approach us and ask what new UX and design trends they need to be aware of. To help them out I try to keep my ear to the ground and talk with my colleagues. So here they are, the things I think are going to take off in digital this year. Storytelling Specifically in the form of single-page sites with parallax scrolling. The New York Times started this trend back in 2012 with its launch of Snowfall.

Related: