Designing Good UX Is An Ungrateful Job

Designing Good UX Is An Ungrateful Job

Recently somebody remarked that he didn’t understand what all the fuss around UX was all about. Surely this was not a professional discipline but you simply use your ‘common sense’ when designing. When asked why there is so much bad UX around, the answer was that this was designed by people who are simply not good enough. TheContinue Reading

Understanding Defaults and Notifications (or, why I hate my dishwasher) – Part 2

Understanding Defaults and Notifications (or, why I hate my dishwasher) – Part 2

This is part two of a two part series. In part one we went over the guidelines around using defaults and talked about some pitfalls to avoid. You can go back and read it at Understanding Defaults and Notifications (or, why I hate my dishwasher). So, last time we finished talking about my dishwasher’s useRead more

Paper vs. High Fidelity Prototyping Tools When it Comes to Concept Testing

Paper vs. High Fidelity Prototyping Tools When it Comes to Concept Testing

I fondly remember the days of sketching concepts on paper with a pencil and going to users to solicit feedback.  There was a certain joy to working out design problems with pencil in hand… scribbling, sketching, and creating. More and more this type of activity seems to be a thing of the past.  Interaction designersRead more

How to Do a Paper Prototype Test in 7 Steps: The quick, easy, and dirt cheap way

How to Do a Paper Prototype Test in 7 Steps: The quick, easy, and dirt cheap way

Elsie had $100, very little time, and needed results. She and her team were developing a new grocery-shopping app that would substantially simplify everyday shopping for users. They’d vetted out their ideas and validated the need for their app. However, time was running short and they really needed to begin development. Elsie knew that ifRead more

Akendi Goes to the Movies – James Bond

Akendi Goes to the Movies – James Bond

  As we gear up for summer blockbusters, I thought it would be fun to take a look at how usability and user testing is represented in the fictional worlds created on the silver screen.  For this initial post of “Akendi Goes to the Movies” I thought I would start with something that is aRead more

How to not sabotage your own card sort: Tips for success

How to not sabotage your own card sort: Tips for success

Card sorting is a great method of exploring and understanding how users organize and label content.  In our post on Card Sorting, we provided the basics for running a card sort, types of card sorts and things to be cognisant of when facilitating a card sort. Applying what you have learned can be a challengeRead more

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