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The 3 Components of Courses from the Interaction Design Foundation

The 3 Components of Courses from the Interaction Design Foundation

Courses from the Interaction Design Foundation, IDF, help you stay up-to-date with all the latest technological and design-related developments. But, at the same time, we help you dig much deeper: If you were only to focus on today’s latest technology and design trends, your knowledge would soon be outdated, and you’d end up following in the foo...

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A mix between Research-based Versus Example-based Learning

A mix between Research-based Versus Example-based Learning

Both research-based and example-based learning have their merits. Different types of learning provide different insights, and they are both keys to becoming a great designer. At the Interaction Design Foundation, we combine both approaches wherever possible. When taking our courses, you will feel this “oscillation” between examples and research—...

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The ROI of UX – A Cautious Pre-Project Approach to ROI

The ROI of UX – A Cautious Pre-Project Approach to ROI

This is the penultimate part of our series on calculating the ROI of UX; previously we’ve looked at some metrics that you can use to calculate ROI with and demonstrate the value of your project. If you’ve missed these pieces they’re under the UX Daily tab on our website. Today, we’re going to look at the use of ROI in target setting pre-project ...

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The ROI of UX – Process Performance

The ROI of UX – Process Performance

Welcome back to our series on calculating the ROI of UX projects. If you’ve missed any of the preceding parts of this series; you can find them under the UX Daily tab on our website. Today, we’ll be looking at our final metric process performance.What is Process Performance?Author/Copyright holder: Marmelad. Copyright terms and licence: Public D...

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The ROI of UX – ARPU (Average Revenue Per User)

The ROI of UX – ARPU (Average Revenue Per User)

This week we’re looking at how to calculate the ROI of our UX work. Previous parts of this series can be found under the UX Daily tab at the top of the page. Today, we’re going to examine another metric ARPU (or Average Revenue Per User):ARPU (Average Revenue Per User)Author/Copyright holder: JD Hancock. Copyright terms and licence: CC BY 2.0 AR...

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So What Does a User Experience Designer Do?

So What Does a User Experience Designer Do?

We’ve looked at the four key ingredients of user experience this week (if you missed the first four parts to this series – they can be found under the UX Daily tab on our website); information architecture, interaction design, visual design and usability engineering. But how do they come together in the user experience designer’s work?First Thin...

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Ethical Conundrums and UX – Sins of Omission and Outcome Bias

Ethical Conundrums and UX – Sins of Omission and Outcome Bias

Welcome back to the final part of our series on Ethics in UX. All the previous parts of the series can be found under the UX Daily tab on our website. Today, we’ll look at two final ethical conundrums:Sins of OmissionWhich is worse? Spotting a traveller heading past your store on foot and walking into the dessert, they are unprepared and clearly...

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The ROI of UX – Customer Conversions

The ROI of UX – Customer Conversions

Welcome back to our series on the ROI of UX. If you missed the first part you can find it under the UX Daily tab on our website. Today, we’re going to look at a specific metric and how it might help you in your quest to show value in your work to the top brass:It’s a digital world and as the high street slowly evaporates in parts of the West; re...

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Ethics and the User Experience – Ethics and Us

Ethics and the User Experience – Ethics and Us

Today we continue our walk through the ethical issues of UX work (and work in general) with an examination of three handy tricks which allow us to skirt our ethical obligations without realizing that we’re doing just that. Human beings are complex creatures and our brains are wired to deliver the results that we need and not always in an ethical...

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Ethics and the User Experience – More Common Ethical Conundrums

Ethics and the User Experience – More Common Ethical Conundrums

We’ve been examining ethics in the context of UX over the last week or so and today, we’re going to look at a few more typical ethical conundrums and what might be done about them. If you’ve missed any of the series; all of it can be found under the UX Daily Tab on our website. Ethical Numbing This probably sounds rather more gentle than it is...

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Ethics and the User Experience – Common Ethical Conundrums

Ethics and the User Experience – Common Ethical Conundrums

Yesterday, we took a look at ethical challenges facing each and every one of us and our ability to turn the unethical into an ethical behaviour without conscious action. Today I’d like to take a look at some of the issues that arise from this:Prediction ErrorsIf there’s a near certain truth in this life it’s that people suck at predicting what t...

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Deadly Designs and What to Do About Corporate Bullies?

Deadly Designs and What to Do About Corporate Bullies?

This week’s news includes the horrific story about General Motors’ treatment of a supplier. The supplier in question, Delphi, designed an ignition switch for GM’s cars. It transpires that for nearly 10 years GM has known that the switch has a serious fault and that instead of withdrawing that switch has bullied Delphi into continuing to make...

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Ethics and the User Experience – A Code of Conduct

Ethics and the User Experience – A Code of Conduct

Handling your ethical responsibilities as an organization can be challenging. One of the easiest ways to put ethics to the forefront of people’s minds during user experience design is to have an ethical code of conduct.Where Do Ethical Issues Arise?It’s good to be able to understand that ethical issues often appear in a single form; conflict ove...

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Ethics and the User Experience – Reputation Management – A Cautionary Tale

Ethics and the User Experience – Reputation Management – A Cautionary Tale

Managing your reputation can be tricky when it comes to preserving a high quality user experience. We’ve looked at bad ways to do this and a better way to do it but what happens when a customer’s expectations are so ridiculous that their demands simply cannot be met? How, do you deal with this without tarnishing your reputation?An ExampleI used ...

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Ethics and the User Experience – Reputation Management, the Right Way

Ethics and the User Experience – Reputation Management, the Right Way

Yesterday, we took a look at how you can make a hash of reputation management. Today, we’re going to look at the right way to manage your reputation to improve the user and customer experiences.Take a Deep BreathWhen you come across criticism of your product, service, company or even yourself – take a deep breath. Before you unleash your inner m...

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Ethics and the User Experience - Privacy

Ethics and the User Experience - Privacy

Ethical conduct differs from legal conduct. Legal conduct is ensuring that you meet the expectation of a user’s legal system and comply with any laws that might affect the work you do. Ethical conduct is bigger than that – it is concerned with the idea that your users are entitled to be treated in a certain manner and that “right and wrong” exis...

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Make Pitch Meetings Worthwhile For Your Design Contractors

Make Pitch Meetings Worthwhile For Your Design Contractors

The pitch meeting is an essential part of the design process for many agencies. However, there’s a worrying trend with these meetings – they finish without any selection of any designer involved in the pitches. This sends out a bad message; it suggests that design agencies are exploiting the pitch meeting for their own idea generation process. I...

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How to Get a Freelance Design Client to Pay Up

How to Get a Freelance Design Client to Pay Up

I have been pretty lucky as a freelancer and most of my clients have paid when they’ve been expected to. However, there have been a couple of difficult moments and learning how to handle the client whose wallet becomes recalcitrant after you deliver work is a key skill for a freelancer.Don’t Start with a Scorched Earth PolicyYes, it can be frust...

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Stop Thief! What to Do If Someone Steals Your Copyright

Stop Thief! What to Do If Someone Steals Your Copyright

The downside of the internet is that copyright theft has never been so easy. Your designs, photos, writing, etc. are all at risk of being ripped off. So what can you do to stop this?Monitor the SituationSet aside some time to search for your work; you can use photo search engines, keyword tags (and Google alerts to automate this), etc. You can’t...

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Mobile Design – Things to Consider When Going Global

Mobile Design – Things to Consider When Going Global

This is the age of responsive design. Mobile is the platform to be on today with more than half the world’s Internet usage coming through smartphones. That means there are global opportunities for brands that simply didn’t exist a decade ago. However, if you want to get to grips with those opportunities there are some things to bear in mind too:...

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