The world of UX today

On this page I gathered recent UX news and articles. Yes, it is my reading list ;-).

Items on UX Magazin:

Items on UX Matters:

  • - Rows and Columns, Part 1: Jump-starting Analysis Using Spreadsheets<p class="author">By <a href="">Michael A. Morgan</a></p> <p>In this first installment of my series “Rows and Columns,” I’ll describe how to use some very powerful tools of spreadsheets that can make analyzing your UX research data much easier. For those who have been reluctant to use spreadsheets during analysis, this series is for you, and you’ll hopefully find this information useful. For those of you who have expertise in using spreadsheets, some of this information might be review.</p> <p class="sub-p">The central part of any UX research project is the analysis of data. This task can be both satisfying and cumbersome at the same time. As you go through your data, you might become excited as you recognize emerging patterns or see great variations across participants. However, getting to the point at which you can easily see such trends can be quite difficult. Your data must be in a format that affords easy filtering, so you can decipher the various rows and columns across participants.</p> <p class="sub-p">Part 1 of this series covers the following features of spreadsheets, which can facilitate your understanding of the data you’ve gathered:</p> <ul> <li>filters</li> <li>form elements such as checkboxes and drop-down lists <a href="" class="read_more_link">Read More</a></li> </ul>
  • - Learning Complex Subject Matter<p class="author">By <a href="">Jim Ross</a></p> <p>During your user-research sessions, have you ever suddenly thought to yourself, “What the heck is this person talking about!?” I hate to admit it, but there have been times when I’ve come to that realization.</p> <p class="sub-p">This rarely occurs on projects involving products to which you can easily relate—such as online shopping, banking, or travel booking. However, when you’re doing research on complex domains—for example, observing the work tasks of investment managers, accountants, doctors, or scientists—it can be difficult to get up to speed on the subject matter quickly. Sometimes you must sit through several sessions before something clicks and you begin really to understand what the participants are doing and talking about. <a href="" class="read_more_link">Read More</a></p>
  • - UX Research for Worldwide Products<p class="author">By <a href="">Janet M. Six</a></p> <p>This month in <em>Ask UXmatters</em>, our expert panel discusses how best to perform UX research for worldwide products. Creating a successful worldwide product requires understanding both regional differences and local expectations. It’s necessary to translate products’ text into local languages <em>and</em> localize elements such as people’s names, addresses, units of measurement, dates, times, currencies, and other numbers.</p> <p class="sub-p">When conducting worldwide UX research, you need to learn exactly who would be using the product and for what purposes. Thus, our experts consider taking a Jobs to be Done (JTBD) approach to user research. Our panelists also discuss collaborating with local UX researchers, as well as the importance of conducting usability testing globally. <a href="" class="read_more_link">Read More</a></p>
  • - Book Review: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products<p class="author">By <a href="">D. Ben Woods</a></p> <p><img src="" alt="Cover: Hooked" width="300" height="453" class="book-image-float-right" />In recent years, the perception of UX design has changed dramatically. In the profession’s early days, less mature organizations frequently treated UX professionals as another type of graphic designer, as though UX designers were synonymous with Web designers. But, in today’s leading organizations, UX design is a strategic capability that drives innovation and enhances competitiveness. Similarly, the role of UX professionals has shifted beyond creating functional—if not delightful—user experiences by applying usability, information architecture, and design principles. Now, UX professionals are applying more of their understanding of psychology and human behavior to devising design principles in the service of persuasion. <a href="" class="read_more_link">Read More</a></p>
  • - Responding to Misaligned Recruiting Messages<p class="author">By <a href="">Jonathan Walter</a></p> <p>It’s happened again: you’ve received a LinkedIn message or an email message from a recruiter who is attempting to interest you in the open position he’s trying to fill—or has asked whether you know of anyone who might be interested or qualified. But the message or its accompanying job description has just made you cringe. Perhaps a company was looking for a unicorn to handle both UX and development duties. Maybe the job description specified that a candidate should have a degree in “Computer Science or similar”—yes, this recently happened to me. Or, perhaps the desired qualifications are for skills that have nothing to do with the field of User Experience. <a href="" class="read_more_link">Read More</a></p>
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