Validately’s Weekly UX and User Research Roundup


How to Write Smarter User Stories for Product Design and Development
By Joe Natoli on
“In many cases, that may involve the creation of use cases and user stories. While both are valuable tools, neither go quite far enough in defining the problem and desired outcome.”

Tips for Icon Usability
By Aurora Harley on
6 UX guidelines to ensure that your users recognize your icons and know what they mean.

The 48-Hour Rule for Enterprise UX Projects
By Joe Natoli on
“This tactic is simple and means exactly what it says. If you’re familiar with design sprints, then you understand the value of validating a prototype as quickly as possible.”

Conducting the Technical Interview
By  on
This is a great review on how to conduct a technical interview and the differences between a technical and conventional interview.

Positive Reinforcement In UX Design
By “That is right: the fundamental unit of UX design is an interaction. That is why I find the word to be such an apt embodiment. So how do we create “good” interactions? If you are looking for the simplest way to do it (and as UXers, we always are), then look no further than positive reinforcement.”

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Moving Faster
By Juan Rafael Lopez, VP of User Experience at Validately

“Moving faster doesn’t mean that your engineers type more lines of code per minute. It doesn’t mean that your designer draws any faster. And it doesn’t mean that your researchers shorten their interviews with customers. Moving faster isn’t a tactical change; it’s a paradigm shift.”


Essential Design Thinking Videos and Methods
By Rikke Dam and Teo Siang on
“The following resources are recommended in order to assist you to better understand Design Thinking. These resources, videos, and tools should be explored so as to familiarize yourself with how Design Thinking is being taught and applied currently.”

10 useful UX toolkits & method guides
Check out this article that reviews the best online UX toolkits and method guides.

This article is a great resource on how to produce UX documents and deliverables.

Women In UX: Meet Ash Huang, XD Designer at Adobe by Day and Renaissance Woman by Night
By Sheena Lyonnais on
“Ash Huang is a UX designer, illustrator, author and an artist. We talked to her about what it’s like to follow your creative passions wherever they may lead, and why life is more fulfilling when you embrace more than one vocation.”

Traditional UX or Lean UX?
By Vuong Nguyen on
“Each framework has different benefits to different projects. However, both approaches complement each other. The final product aims to achieve the sweet intersection between users’ needs and business’s goal (think Venn diagram).”



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7 Ways to Adapt Content for Better Mobile UX
By Carrie Cousins on
“The beginning of a great design starts with content. To make the most of a stellar mobile UX, the content might need to undergo a few tweaks and changes.”

Troubleshooting Group Ideation: 10 Fixes for More and Better UX Ideas
By Kate Meyer on
“Groups can bias individuals and impact collaborative ideation. A focus on getting as many ideas as possible can mitigate some of the negative group effects.”

Personas – Why and How You Should Use Them
By Rikke Dam and Teo Siang on
“Personas are fictional characters, which you create based upon your research in order to represent the different user types that might use your service, product, site, or brand in a similar way. Creating personas will help you to understand your users’ needs, experiences, behaviors and goals.”

What Does a UX Designer Actually Do?
By Nick Babich on
Check out this great review of the role of a UX designer.

“Get Started” Stops Users
By Aurora Harley and Kim Flaherty on
“A generic Get Started call-to-action attracts clicks, but also misleads users and acts as a roadblock for those looking to get information about the company.”


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What the Oscar Team Learned Designing Apps for Healthcare
By Christopher Gillespie on
“Healthcare should be a consumer product. To date, it hasn’t been.”

User Research That Will Transform Your Company
By Margaret Kelsey on
Invision hosted a DesignTalk with David Darmanin of Hotjar on how to use user research to transform your company. Below is the full recording and an excerpt of the talk, edited for length and clarity.

Practical User Research: Creating a Culture of Learning in Large Organizations
By Sam Moore on
“User research doesn’t have to be a big dollar, corporate initiative. By paying attention to the people, tools, and work practices within an organization, your team can demonstrate the value of user research on the ground, which will open doors to additional resources in the future.”

Experience Design is Human-Centered; Our Metrics Should Be, Too
By Daniel Filler on
“The trouble is, when you peel back the curtain, you quickly realize these metrics and outcomes aren’t inherently customer-centric.

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Search-Log Analysis: The Most Overlooked Opportunity in Web UX Research
By Susan Farrell on
Your website’s search engine can tell you what your web visitors want, how they look for it, and how well your content strategy meets their needs.

5 Things Users Want to Know Sooner Rather Than Later
By Ezequiel Bruni on
Check out this list of things users want to help them find what they need.

4 Ways Friction Can Improve UX
By Nick Babich on
“Friction in design is helpful if it facilitates the interaction instead of [getting] in the way of it.”

Personas vs. Jobs-to-Be-Done
By Page Laubheimer on
Jobs-to-be-done focus on user problems and needs, while well-executed personas include the same information and also add behavioral and attitudinal details.

9 Ways to Lift Employee Engagement on Your UX Research Team
By Michael Morgan on
“This article focuses on the key strategies a manager can use to lift the engagement on their user research teams. They have been considered with the user researcher profile in mind; curious-minded, lifelong learners who are unafraid to take on new challenges and embrace ambiguity in all of its gray beauty.”