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.
When you think about the people you love, you want the very best for them. You want to make things delightful and keep them magical. As designers, we can leverage this way of thinking to provide more immersive, engaging experiences for our users.
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.
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There are lots of people out there with different brains. They cover a broad range of differences including: autism, ADHD, dyslexia, traumatic brain injury and many more. Different brains are beautiful because they think differently on a whole other level.
Ashlea McKay shares her own experience as an autistic UXer, and how you can design better for neurodiverse users.
Have you ever been in a rut with your design process? Maybe you’re churning out the same solutions to every problem. Or you just can’t nail the way forward for your product.
To move ahead, you probably need to find a new perspective. Enter innovation sprints, which use immersive insights and assumption-busting to kick-start the design process.
In today’s digital world, the importance of user experience has never been more apparent. You have about 0-8 seconds to entice the reader before they leave, and so your website or app has a significant impact on a businesses’ sales, and indeed on customer satisfaction.
Designers need to create a unique experience across devices, customer-centric strategies, and constantly adapt to the user’s changing needs. Yet, there are still areas which are being underserved by developments in UX and UI. Ahead of the UX & UI Innovation Summit, five UX/UI executives weigh in on where the industry can better serve consumers.
We love books here at UX Mastery. Without a doubt, reading is one of the most straightforward and accessible ways to build up your UX knowledge. Even better is having the opportunity to discuss, question, and confirm your understanding with your peers.
That’s why we decided to start the UX Mastery online book club. With so many fantastic books on UX and related topics, we hope we can give you that extra motivation to get reading.
These days auto-suggest is everywhere, from social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, to shopping sites like eBay and Amazon. With plugins available for all the latest frameworks and libraries, adding an auto-suggest to your site is relatively easy.
But what about accessibility? I’ve reviewed auto-suggest components from many of the major frameworks, and most of them have one thing in common: they’re not properly accessible.
Here’s how you can make your auto-suggest accessible.
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.