Usability testing is a critical part of the user-centered design process, and comes in many forms. From casual cafeteria studies, to formal lab testing, remote online task-based studies and more. Whether you’re new to this part of UX research, or just need a refresher, Cindy McCracken walks us through the essentials of effective usability tests.
It’s common for newcomers to UX to experience a moment of absolute panic when they discover they need a portfolio. “But how can I build a portfolio when I have no experience?” they ask. The usual online advice is to help a local small business, find a friend with a startup, volunteer for a non-profit, or create a hypothetical project. But the details are often lacking. Lynne Davies bridges the gap by sharing her experience of how she built up her portfolio, and what she learnt along the way.
Cindy McCracken takes to our Slack channel to discuss the nitty gritty details of Usability Testing – like writing effective tasks and questions, observing users, and presenting results.
We’ll dig into recruiting participants effectively, and managing participants when you’re under stress. Join us!
Ahead of the Mobile UX London conference this month, we chatted to Sandra Gonzalez, conference host and Principal UX Designer at Just Eat. Since joining the online food order and delivery service at the start of the year, Sandra has built the company’s Digital Brand Studio from scratch and delivered the latest product redesign. Sandra talks to us about best practice in UX design, where she see’s the industry heading, and how UX design is making the world a better place.
Yesterday we were fortunate enough to be graced a second time by the presence of Amanda Stockwell in our Slack channel. This time she was helping us to unpack that confusing and elusive (some would even say non-existent) subject – UX strategy. To put things into perspective, when we talk ‘strategy’ we’re talking about product strategy. Amanda’s…
Having an exceptional portfolio that stands out from the crowd is sometimes what it takes to land that dream job. UX careers coach Louise Campbell will be in our Slack channel running a series of mentoring sessions to help you get your portfolio to that place.
Hiring managers want the best possible employees working on their team. It seems like the more skills a person has, the better candidate they are. But even though hiring managers want every skill under the sun, Amber Stechyshyn shares why, when it comes to UX designers, more isn’t always better.
Ben Tollady of Thirst Studios joined us on Slack in the latest of our Ask the UXperts sessions. We talked about dark patterns and how we can use persuasive design for good, not bad.
If you missed out on the live chat, never fear – here is the transcript.
‘UX strategy’ is far beyond just the usability and delight of a product, not even if we create something genuinely useful. Next week Amanda Stockwell will take us through the ins and outs of a successful UX strategy in our Slack channel. Join us!
As designers, we know that our decisions have a real impact on how people use products. On the downside, poor design decisions have the potential to cause annoyance, cost users a bit of cash, or even have disastrous results. But what about the intent behind designs? Ben Tollady shares how we can recognise (and avoid) deceitful design practices.