Validately’s Weekly UX and User Research Roundup

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.”

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Essential Design Thinking Videos and Methods
By Rikke Dam and Teo Siang on interaction-design.org
“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
On uxforthemasses.com
Check out this article that reviews the best online UX toolkits and method guides.

EXAMPLE UX DOCS AND DELIVERABLES
On uxforthemasses.com
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 blogs.adobe.com
“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 blog.prototypr.io
“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 designshack.net
“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 nngroup.com
“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 www.interaction-design.org
“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 blogs.adobe.com
Check out this great review of the role of a UX designer.

“Get Started” Stops Users
By Aurora Harley and Kim Flaherty on nngroup.com
“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 invisionapp.com
“Healthcare should be a consumer product. To date, it hasn’t been.”

User Research That Will Transform Your Company
By Margaret Kelsey on invisionapp.com
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 alistapart.com
“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 medium.com
“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 nngroup.com
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 www.webdesignerdepot.com
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 uxplanet.org
“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 nngroup.com
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 uxplanet.org
“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.”

 

 

 

 

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UX & Psychology go hand in hand— How Gestalt theory appears in UX design?
By Norbi Gaal on uxdesign.cc
“In order to create work that better serves the needs of our users, it’s important to understand some basic psychological principles. Which is why I want to share with you Gestalt theory. With this toolkit under our belt, we can consciously design user experiences that truly fit the users.”

How to Gain Insights from Emotionally Charged Questions
By Peter Dennis Pan on uxdesign.cc
“While the data gained isn’t exactly all clean, you will end up with certain indications of different things. It is up to your own judgement to assess that data and make the best decision.”

25 amazing UX blogs for design inspiration
On aerolab.co
Check out this list of the most influential UX blogs on the internet.

Functional Fixedness Stops You From Having Innovative Ideas
By Aurora Harley on nngroup.com
People’s blindness to alternate uses of objects limits their problem-solving capabilities and stifles creativity. Overcome functional fixedness by abstracting problems to generate outside-the-box ideas.

Search-Log Analysis: The Most Overlooked Opportunity in Web UX Research
By Susan Farrell on nngroup.com
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.