What kind of tools do UX designers use? In this article, we talk you through the all the tools you might need throughout the UX Design process. From inspiration through to ideation and implementation.
‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin died last year at the age of 27 when a Jeep pinned him against a gate and brick pillar outside his home. It turns out that his Jeep’s gearshift was poorly designed.
Poor Anton didn’t realise that the Jeep was in neutral when he got out, so it rolled backwards down the driveway, crushing him. It turns out, a mismatched mental model could be to blame. And more importantly, here’s how you can avoid Jeep’s mistake by using them with your team.
When was the last time you sat, frustrated, in a meeting arguing about design features? In this article, Sarah Doody explains how a lack of quality user research can lead to overly subjective decisions, and shares three fixes we can consider instead.
Voice user interface (VUI) design is booming. Computerised personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana, are racing each other for the title of best voice assistant on the market.
What does this mean for UX professionals? With companies already struggling to find VUI experts, now is a great time to start developing new skills as this game-changing technology evolves. You’ll find your existing UX skill set will stand you in good stead. If you’re about to embark on your first voice user interface design project, here are five essential tips to help you along the way.
You’ve completed your in-depth interviews, your contextual inquiry or your usability testing. What comes next? As UX practitioners know, when it comes to research, field work is only a fraction of the story.
How do you learn from mountains of data, and then ensure your insights create a tangible impact in shaping your product’s design? We couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to ask than the prolific Steve Portigal, user researcher extraordinaire.
One of the most important roles of a web designer is to create a website that maximises opportunities for conversions. After all, websites always have a business goal, whether that’s making direct sales, building a prospect list, or something in between.
Use this four-step guide to drive conversions on your website using prioritised navigation and a landing page strategy.
Personas help us focus and make decisions about who we’re designing for, but they often have blind spots built right in: they represent sanitised, idealised states of being. Eric Meyer explains how this is a problem when designing for real people, and gives us some tips about what we can do about it.
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.
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.
From eye tracking to card sorting, surveys to usability tests, UX designers have a huge set of research methods to understand user behaviour and attitudes. The research method you select depends first and foremost on the type of input you need to answer your research questions. But how do you choose the right tools for the job?