Thoughts on listening to users

The key to more usability testing success

DJ Khaled's Keys to Success

For the time-pressed researcher: Do you run more user tests to get reliable statistics but more video than you could ever watch? Or do you stay small, comb through your results finely, but never get solid numbers to benchmark against?

The usability testing dilemma is no dilemma at all with these keys to being a more efficient researcher.

Top 10 UX books you can read for free!

Bookshelf

There’s a lot of free resources out there for learning more about UX – whether for the newcomer to the field, or for the grizzled veteran. These 10 books on usability and the user experience are, in our opinion, some of the most worthwhile; and best of all, they’re free!

Learning UX with TryMyUI EDU

I had never heard of usability testing, let alone TryMyUI, when I started the UX design class at ECU. The entire class was very intimidating in the first few days. Our task was to test the NC Coastal Atlas website with users and to make recommendations for the design team. The idea was great, but my first thought was, “Where do I start?”

Dissection of a UX team

UX team members collaborating on a project

In our team’s UX workflow, each member has a very defined set of skills and tasks to complete. When a project arrives, the workload is divided and every part of the team is responsible for meeting deadlines and delivering high quality products. We all work within 1 of 3 roles: UX Architect, Visual Designer and Front-end Developer…

Collaboration within a UX team

Alternating reflecting pools

How can you make usability research relevant to all of your stakeholders without bogging the whole team down in a morass of data?

An efficient team UX workflow must engage every stakeholder with the data at the appropriate level of involvement and achieve the goals of all involved, as well as the team as a whole.

Is your design drowning out your message?

In engineering, the signal-to-noise ratio refers to the relative strength of an electrical signal compared to the strength of the background noise. Too much noise, and the signal can become difficult or impossible to decipher. Signal-to-noise ratio is an important consideration in design, too.

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