If we asked you to list the most important qualities of a UX designer, things like creativity, empathy and technical skills would no doubt spring to mind. But aside from these fundamentals, what really separates the best from the rest? The answer is teamwork.
Landing a job as a company’s only user experience pro is an amazing opportunity. It means having the ability to shape and guide the design of an entire organisation. On the flipside, it’s a major challenge. There will be battles against corporate biases, conflicting business needs, and results-driven culture.
So how can you succeed In such a difficult position? How can a UXer go about creating a culture of great user experience?
As more and more organisations become focused on creating great experiences, more teams are being tasked with conducting research to inform and validate user experience objectives.
UX research can be extremely helpful in crafting a product strategy and ensuring that the solutions built fit users’ needs. But it can be hard to know how to get started. This article covers all the basics: from setting research objectives to choosing the method so you can uncover the information you need.
As a designer, what gets you out of bed in the morning? What really motivates you to do meaningful work? The Japanese have a great word: ikigai. It has no direct translation into English, but roughly means your level of happiness in life, or your ‘reason for being’.
As you can see in the chart below, you can achieve ikigai—meaning in life—if you can find the right balance of 4 things: passion, mission, vocation, profession.