It might be Black Friday, but colour me inspired! Lots of learning this week, researching our users, understanding user journeys and improving. Build, measure, learn!
Welcome to the tools and personas issue, so named because I promised I’d feature ux tools last issue, plus, I’ve been working on personas this week - time to share the wealth! Everyone has different ways of doing things and it’s been great to understand what we’re really looking for when fulfilling user needs.
So here’s the latest and greatest (without the lamest!) I’ve seen this week:
“The most successful organizations have had designers playing a role in business strategy.” Treehouse Product Designer Klare Frank discusses collaborating with remote teams, the value of designers knowing how to code, and designing for success. Cool office at wework too!
Another buzzword - “Empathy” dissected here, by the highly respected Cooper. I recently read up on understanding empathy from one of Evgenia Grinblo’s talks and had a thirst for learning more. This is a great primer!
Richard is the brains and the stomach behind The User Is Drunk, a site he set up a few months ago to help people learn just how their site looks to a drunk person. One to read when you next raise a glass!
No need to compile my own list - UXdesign.cc comes to the rescue! Tools for wireframing, prototyping, user research and testing. As an update, I’d add Userbrain, Peek and Realtime Board (which I’ve been using a lot this week!). Need to try out those card sorting tools next week!
An oldie, but I saw this for the first time this week. Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch delivers his last lecture in 2007 before cancer ended his amazing life. If you don’t weep with joy at the end of this you’re a robot.