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Project Management Basics

Project Management Basics

It’s time to look at some basic project management skills to help you deliver your UX projects more efficiently.Take Your Time and Listen at The OutsetAuthor/Copyright holder: Tim Pierce. Copyright terms and licence: CC BY 2.0The big difference between a great project manager and an adequate one often comes at the start of a project. You need to...

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8 Tips for Conducting UX Interviews

8 Tips for Conducting UX Interviews

Conducting interview with users can be hugely rewarding. It is, however, a bit of a challenge to get the process right and many first-time interviewers are just a little bit nervous about going one-on-one with their interviewees. As with many other UX research techniques that process can be a little easier if you follow a few simple tips to deve...

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7 Tips for Getting More From Your Design Agent

7 Tips for Getting More From Your Design Agent

If you’re a graphic designer, an illustrator or animation expert and looking to boost your freelance career – you may find that using an agent is the single best thing you can do for your freelance career. It may also be the worst thing that you do. Having an agent doesn’t guarantee great clients, big clients or indeed any clients at all… What ...

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Folk theories and the problem with ambiguity in design

Folk theories and the problem with ambiguity in design

Have you ever used a product and been unsure whether you were taking the right approach for an action? There are many different misconceptions in human-computer and human-device interaction. However, these misconceptions persist as there is little information or feedback to suggest our beliefs are wrong. Unfalsified ideas of how a device, c...

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UX Basics and the Entrepreneurial  - Iteration

UX Basics and the Entrepreneurial - Iteration

This is the final part of our UX Basics series for entrepreneurs. All the previous installments can be found under the UX Daily tab on our website. Today, we’re going to look at the final part of the UX process – iteration.What is Iteration?Iteration is a mathematical concept which basically means doing the same thing over and over again in orde...

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10 Tips for Improving the UX of Your Terms and Conditions

10 Tips for Improving the UX of Your Terms and Conditions

There is, perhaps, no area of the user experience that sucks harder than the average terms and conditions page for a website or application. These giant legalese documents are supposed to protect the provider from any possible legal avenue of recourse. In practice, nobody reads them. It’s been estimated that it takes up to 25 minutes just to p...

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UX Project Management Series: The Golden Rule of Project Management

UX Project Management Series: The Golden Rule of Project Management

This is the last in our short series of project management tips for UX project managers. If you’ve missed any of the previous installments then you can catch up under the UX Daily tab on our website. Today, I want to look at the Golden Rule of Project Management. Project Management SurvivalA few years back I had the chance to work with one of t...

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Content Writing and the User Experience

Content Writing and the User Experience

Content is the key to everything online; without great content Google will ignore you and all your other design work will go to waste. Getting the UX of your content right can be really difficult but it can help to take a different view of content to get there.We Design ContentIt may sound strange but content is a product; it’s an information pr...

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Your First Agency Design Contract – What You Must Know Before You Sign

Your First Agency Design Contract – What You Must Know Before You Sign

Having an agent can be a genuine boon for a designer. It means much less work spent on selling your work and closing business. It can free you up to create and that’s a huge benefit. However, before you sign on the dotted line you need to know a few things and ensure that certain items are fully understood or you may end up with a deal which is ...

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Tips for Travel for International UX Research

Tips for Travel for International UX Research

International UX research is becoming more and more common as we live in an increasingly connected world. You may be called upon to visit the booming markets of Africa, Asia or South America or even to head from one of those markets to Europe or North America. This is a great thing for your users. There’s no substitute for their opinion and the ...

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5 Common Design Start Up Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

5 Common Design Start Up Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

If you’re thinking of starting your own design company; here’s a list of common mistakes that people make during the start up phase and more importantly some tips on how to avoid these mistakes. This will save you time and money and quite possibly your sanity too.Failing to Define Your VisionAuthor/Copyright holder: Luke Saagi. Copyright terms a...

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Exposure to Real Users Underlies UX Understanding

Exposure to Real Users Underlies UX Understanding

There is no secret to how we develop an understanding of user experience and user behaviour; simple observation is almost all you need. Taking the time to actually watch and just take in how, where, why, and when users interact with products underpins the process of acquiring UX knowledge. Author/Copyright holder: Marcel Douwe Dekker. Copyr...

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Google’s HEART Framework for Measuring UX

Google’s HEART Framework for Measuring UX

If you’ve been struggling to adopt useful metrics in your user experience team – you might want to consider the HEART framework designed by Kerry Rodden, Hilary Hutchinson and Xin Fu, from Google’s research team.The idea is a simple one; to deliver a series of user-centred metrics that allow you to measure the user experience on a large scale. T...

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Brains work better when prepared

Brains work better when prepared

Research suggests that we are more receptive to and likely to remember information when we are in a state of preparedness. This provides strong support to the argument for conditions that get learners into the best possible mental state prior to the presentation of important information. Every instance of learning may benefit if the preceding ev...

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Confidence Intervals and UX Research

Confidence Intervals and UX Research

Every piece of UX research that we conduct will contain errors. Given that we know this, it’s relatively easy to calculate what’s known as a “confidence interval”. So, for example, if we take a population of 50 people in a survey and 42 people do something in the same way – we can infer that between 71% and 91% of people will approach the task...

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10 Tips for the New Freelancer Designer

10 Tips for the New Freelancer Designer

If you’re thinking about starting out in freelance design practice then we’ve got some handy hints to get you started. It can be tough at the beginning but many designers will tell you that becoming freelance was the best thing that they’ve ever done. Step 1 – Develop a Personal Brand If you want your freelance career to have longevity; it he...

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4 Common UX Challenges and How to Find Them

4 Common UX Challenges and How to Find Them

User Experience design is all about getting people to use our products. We’re not so much concerned with people buying our products, that’s sales and marketing’s focus, we’re concerned with the way that people adopt our products into their lives. We want to create lasting relationships that create brand loyalty, repeat business and word-of-mouth...

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Start a UX Design Career with The Non-Profit Sector

Start a UX Design Career with The Non-Profit Sector

If there’s any sector that needs to deliver a pleasing user experience; it’s the non-profit sector. Doing good costs money and that means they rely on their users to fund their work. A poor online experience can deter volunteers, sponsors, and even those looking to make a small donation. Yet, it is this sector, apart from some of the largest cha...

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How Do I Get The Maximum ROI from My UX Learning Experiences?

How Do I Get The Maximum ROI from My UX Learning Experiences?

Companies don’t invest individuals for the sake of it; well, at least not in most of the world – there are some exceptions to that rule (some Gulf States for example mandate $x spent on development per person per year) but not many. They invest in training to see a return on that investment (ROI). So how do you maximize the ROI on your own learn...

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Web Design Content Management Systems:LightCMS

Web Design Content Management Systems:LightCMS

So far in our CMS series we’ve looked at open source products and those are free to install. LightCMS is a paid for offering and one that might be useful for very specific projects.About LightCMSPart of NetSuite Inc. Light CMS is an online rapid deployment system for websites. It allows for a single click delivery of a template driven website (w...

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