User Research Methods for Mobile UX
Remote research is becoming increasingly common in today's digital age, and for a good reason. As remote work and virtual collaboration continue to gain popularity, it's necessary to understand how to conduct effective user research remotely. Whether you work with a remote team or research users in different locations, remote research can offer unique opportunities and challenges. Here, we explore the best practices for effective remote research that delivers actionable insights.Mobile app user
How to Use Mental Models in UX Design
Mental models are important in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and interaction design because they provide information about how users perceive the world and interact with products or services. Let’s explore this concept more closely.Mental models indicate what a user expects to happen based on experience; they help us construct expected interactions with reality. One of the most famous mental models is the "Norman Door": what is the expectation for push or pull? Many “pull doors” are only push
Personas for Mobile UX Design
To design successful user experiences, it's critical to understand your users. One way to learn about your users is with user personas. Here, we’ll explore the benefits of personas in UX design and provide a step-by-step guide on how to create compelling user personas that inform your design choices. In this video, HCI expert, Professor Alan Dix explains what personas are and why they help you in the design process.[[video:1222]]Whether you're designing a website, app, or product, understanding
Accessibility audits for all
It’s often said that it’s easier to make a fast website than it is to keep a website fast. Things slip through. If you’re not vigilant, performance can erode without you noticing.
It’s a similar story for other invisible but important facets of your website: privacy, security, accessibility. Because they’re hidden from view, you won’t be able to see if there’s a regression.
That’s why it’s a good idea to have regular audits for performance, privacy, security, and accessibility.
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Before the Design Process Starts: It’s Time to Get Out Of the Building
The mobile web means many opportunities for start-ups, from bootstrapped home-based ventures to those with venture capital funding. But where do you start to get the ideas to build that first app? According to Steve Blank, you get out of the building. Only when you meet and understand potential customers’ needs can you develop a product they would want to buy.Entrepreneur and a key contributor to the Lean Startup movement, Steve Blank coined the term “get out of the building” (GOOB), which means
Boost Your Productivity as a Designer with These Simple Tips
Supercharge your productivity as a designer with three simple tipsAs a productivity designer, optimizing your workflow maximizes efficiency and saves valuable time. You can enhance your productivity and achieve better results by implementing simple strategies. Here are three practical tips to help you become a more productive designer:1. Master Keyboard ShortcutsLet’s start with a game-changer: keyboard shortcuts. Familiarizing yourself with the keyboard shortcuts specific to your design tool (s
How to use the psychological mechanisms for enhanced user experience
This article is about how we use the psychology & emotional response of users to optimize experiences, improve customer satisfaction, and make lasting impacts in an ethical manner, especially during the peak & end momentsPhoto by Startaê Team on UnsplashOnce upon a time, I decided to treat myself to a nice dinner at a popular restaurant in town. I was looking forward to enjoying a delicious meal. The menu offered a variety of options, and I couldn’t wait to taste the flavours.I placed th
A Beginner’s Guide to Harnessing the Power of Scss
Understanding the Basics (Part 1)Welcome to the highly anticipated Beginner’s Guide to SCSS, Part 01! Brace yourself for an exciting journey as we solve the secrets of this extraordinary stylesheet language.In this article, we will delve into the core of SCSS. Get ready to embrace a world where CSS exceeds its limits and becomes an unstoppable force in your web development arsenal.This article consists of following topics such asIntroductionSuper powers of ScssAdvantages of Scss over traditional
Designing for beauty care in Purplle
UX CASE STUDY— driving business through product designContextI participated in a 48-hour product design challenge hosted by UXM Community where I worked on identifying the right problem that could bring impact followed by designing the solution — for a given mobile app called Purplle with the goal of benefiting both users and the business.To save time, I used ChatGPT to gain quick insights about the market and the users, keeping in mind its limitations*.Purplle BeautyPurplle is a top-rated onlin
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In the Shoes of Users.
Photo by unsplash.com/@jorge_torresSometimes no matter how empathetic we are, we need to go towards the far ends of empathy where we could feel as if we are end users. The far ends are where we realise how exactly the user feels about their current experiences.Role play is a methodology that would take us to those far ends.A few months ago, I started a role-play activity where being a researcher, I needed to reframe myself in the shoes of the UX designer to understand their current design experi
Why I Stopped Using Notion (An Honest UX Review)
Why I stopped using Notion (an honest UX review)Notion failed my productivity test:The UX lessons it taught me about learnability and intuitivenessPhoto by Mariia Shalabaieva on UnsplashNotion has gained immense popularity as a go-to productivity app for students, professionals, and everyone in between. As an UX designer and productivity nerd, I was elated when I first discovered Notion. This popular project management tool seemed to have everything I needed to organize my life and work in one p
Dark UX Patterns on Product Design Strategies
I’ve written on the topic of Dark UX Patterns in the past (you can read it here), specifically highlighting the Misdirection and Social Proof that have popped in various product experiences. However, in this article I’ll take a look at the remainder of those patterns and point out a few product experiences that are representative of these practices. As always, if I have any expectation at all, is that this article engages Designers and additional Professionals of the Product Design Journey to re
Usability test tip: unpack when the user asks questions
It’s well known that when a participant asks a question, we shouldn’t answer it, because we want to see if they can figure things out on their own.But participants’ questions are also signs of usability issues. More often than not they ask questions because they didn’t understand something. So we need to unpack that.UnpackingWhy did the question arise in the participant’s mind in the first place? After all, the UI should tell them everything — they shouldn’t be having questions. What is making t
Why UX Design is A Great Career in 2023
In today’s digital era, UX design is becoming a growing career due to the huge demand for digital experiences. Businesses have realized that good UX means good revenue. Due to UX becoming a factor in Google rankings, every business is striving to enhance the user experience of their products.This is the reason why pursuing a career in UX design can be a rewarding and promising choice for individuals who are passionate about creating human-centered interactions.Why UX Design is Important?UX desig
Why did Nokia phones fail? Nokia’s failure from a UX perspective.
NokiaNokia’s failure can be attributed to several factors, including:Failure to keep up with the rapidly evolving smartphone market: Nokia was slow to adapt to the changing trends in the smartphone market, such as the rise of touchscreens and app stores, and failed to introduce competitive products that could match the features and user experience of its rivals.Over-reliance on outdated operating systems and hardware: Nokia continued to use its outdated Symbian operating system for its smartphon