I have a suggestion – design the box! Continue reading Design the box
This was a quick study I designed to gauge the influence of coupons on local business listings across business categories. A poll was presented to site visitors who viewed a business profile page on a local search site that contained a coupon as well as business profile page that did not. The poll was presented one time to site visitors and submitted the business category of the given business. Continue reading Coupons matter when attracting new customers
If you look up the definition of persona you will learn there are various types of persona, each different depending on their context of use. There are persona for literature, music, video games, communication studies, psychology, marketing and user experience design. Although their use varies, personas typically include people, actions, behaviors, a back story, and specific context or scenario.
If you plan to develop and use persona in your experience design work, make sure you follow a structured approach. Continue reading About Personas
Finding the right terminology for a product’s features and content can be challenging. This can be especially challenging if the original taxonomy evolved within a highly specialized group or culture. Terminology born under these circumstances can easily be considered jargon and completely foreign to others outside the group.So how do we avoid terms that can be considered jargon? Continue reading Name That Thing Exercise
Need some help organizing ideas, content, or product features? Go ahead and leverage insight from your customers and/or stakeholders with affinity diagramming or card sorting. Utilize this method for directional insight on navigational structures.
or Use the following guidelines to help facilitate sessions. Adjust as needed. Continue reading Agile UX – Affinity Diagramming
When designing a product, terminology can be as important as a product feature or content. Using unrecognizable terms for navigation can make features and content impossible to find. After all, if you can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. To that end, it is generally good UX practice to avoid jargon. But what happens when your users are steeped in jargon?. What should UX practitioners do?
Let’s start with a definition. Merriam-Webster defines jargon as… Continue reading Jargon guidelines in product design
Spitwads is a general-purpose brainstorming workshop designed to elicit ideas, achieve group consensus and identify follow-up action items.
– from sourcemaking.com – The guys from the 56 Geeks Project
Start with a question
Pose a question to the group, like “How can we improve performance of X?” or “What is the most important thing we are missing in our process?” The question should be thought provoking and open ended.
A thought provoking TED talk from Sherry Turkle, author of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other“. The talk chronicles 15 years of research and the seemingly inevitable journey toward virtualization of our relationships with each other.
A few years back I was hired to build an internal UX practice and redesign a legacy ad serving platform for a large Digital Agency. Like all of my projects, I started with highly visible, collaborative customer and technical research. I created the video below to summarize my first 3 months on the job and demonstrate how the research would guide the design.
I recently read an article from Jared Spool, of User Interface Engineering, that was written as if he were writing about my personal experience. The article, Essential UX Layers for Agile and Lean Design teams, identifies key concepts I have found helpful with agile UX…