Designing and Developing Next-Generation Free-Text Search

Designing and Developing Next-Generation Free-Text Search

Designing and Developing Next-Generation Free-Text Search What does the term “search” mean to you? On any given day, we perform numerous searches, many consciously and many without even realizing. We do several web searches every day, either by keying in search terms...
Can Research Data Be as Sexy as Design? You Betcha.

Can Research Data Be as Sexy as Design? You Betcha.

Can Research Data Be as Sexy as Design? You Betcha. Written by Valle Hansen & Jonny Hill If you read Valle’s previous post about why product owners and stakeholders have a tendency to skip over discovery research and go straight to design—and then skip over...
5 Software Design Strategies That Let Users Scale Their Brains

5 Software Design Strategies That Let Users Scale Their Brains

5 Software Design Strategies That Let Users Scale Their Brains Human Hardware Challenges When designing and developing software, it is critical to take into account the limitations of the technology employed, especially hardware—things like computers, boxes and other...
Tips for Lean Audience Definition with Time-Crunched SMEs

Tips for Lean Audience Definition with Time-Crunched SMEs

Tips for Lean Audience Definition with Time-Crunched SMEs We all know how awesome user personas are. They help all the king’s men—designers, researchers, product owners, stakeholders, investors, on and on—understand a particular user type’s behaviors, needs, goals and...
4 Ways to Kick-Start Lean User Research for Agile Product Teams

4 Ways to Kick-Start Lean User Research for Agile Product Teams

4 Ways to Kick-Start Lean User Research for Agile Product Teams As Agile principles and Lean methodologies continue to take center stage in product management and strategy, it’s easy to get caught up in daily scrums and design iterations and shoot right past the user...
Using UI Prototypes to Validate Your Product (Online Seminar)

Using UI Prototypes to Validate Your Product (Online Seminar)

Using UI Prototypes to Validate Your Product (Online Seminar) Are you a Product Manager looking to show some early design directions to stakeholders and end-users? Are you a Developer needing a little more direction from the design team? Or a UX Designer or Researcher...
Anybody’s Guess: Why Research Matters

Anybody’s Guess: Why Research Matters

Anybody’s Guess: Why Research Matters As a user researcher, I am, of course, an evangelist of all things research. I love research! I love reading everything and learning everything and understanding everything I possibly can about a subject. Infographics are...
Beware the Two-Tap Rule

Beware the Two-Tap Rule

Beware the Two-Tap Rule I’m a fan of Yahoo for news and email, but I’m not a fan of their new “two-tap rule.” The rule states that once a user is in a Yahoo application, it should take only two taps to do anything the user wants to do. Fast-to-use apps are the goal...
User Experience Is Not Graphic Design

User Experience Is Not Graphic Design

User Experience Is Not Graphic Design Q: I have a new job as a UI designer, and my company just doesn’t understand User Experience. Development runs the show, and they think my job is to design icons and color palettes. What’s the best way to explain UX so...