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Why Great Products Do Only One Thing

  • October 25, 2018

And why one feature is better than two or three

Uber did not allow you to pre-book a taxi. Amazon started out by selling books only. Google was just a search engine. McDonald’s got rid of cutlery. And somehow we still believe that for a product to be successful it must do many things.

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User Research: is more the merrier?

  • August 8, 2018

Determining the right number of users for User Research.

Most clients and projects require the design researchers to state a predetermined sample size of users. Researchers often find it hard to justify to clients and business stakeholders on the choice of their sample size of users.

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The Most Important Rule in UX Design that Everyone Breaks

  • January 15, 2018

The Most Important Rule in Product Design, and Possibly Life Management
There is one principle of organization that every human should adhere to, particularly people who design products. Day after day, I see companies break this rule, and it is 100% of the time to their detriment.

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What Do Your Customers Think of Your Product?

  • July 24, 2017

In order to improve the user experience, you have to start by observing customers interacting with your product.

The first step to improving your own UX (and reaping the business benefits) is to conduct a usability assessment of your product, software or website. This process uncovers the most common problems. Often, usage analytics indicate UX issues with your product. Usability testing explains these issues. 

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6 Things That Take Your UX from Above Average to World Class

  • October 28, 2016

Many parts of applications are rarely experienced, yet we have to consider how the presence or absence of these states affect a user’s experience. It’s the UX designer’s job to go beyond visual design and make the best experience possible—including all the parts of the experience that nobody thinks to design. 

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Tips on Creating an Awesome Dashboard User Experience

  • September 28, 2016

Dashboard design is an art and takes some time to master. The challenge is to communicate analytics in a straightforward way, while allowing users to drill down into the specifics. It is about avoiding clutter, about catering for personalization, and about the prioritization of the right metrics. Dashboard design is a tricky science and to create that one design that is awesome takes some time and talent. 

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UX Reality Check: 14 Hard Truths About Users

  • May 27, 2016

It can be hard for designers to take a step back and look at an app or website through users’ eyes. Here’s where to start.

After any amount of time in the design industry, you’ll most certainly hear someone refer to users as “dumb.” People talk about having to “dumb down” interfaces, design for “the lowest common denominator,” and try to make applications “idiot-proof.”

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Why Hiring Usability Experts Can Save Your Bacon, and Bottom Line

  • April 29, 2016

If you haven’t already incorporated usability into your product design process, you might wonder why it is necessary. After all, it’s certainly possible to release a working, bug-free product without performing any usability work at all. But incorporating user-centered design principles can lead to a much-improved product in several areas. 

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Good UX Is Good Business: How To Reap Its Benefits

  • December 2, 2015

User experience (UX) design focuses on enhancing user satisfaction by improving how we interact with the websites, applications and devices in our lives. In other words, UX makes complex things easy to use.

While the term “UX” is relatively new, the concept of user-friendly design has been around for generations. “Good design is good business,” the second president of IBM, Thomas J. Watson, famously told Wharton students in 1973. “We are convinced,” he said, “that good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential.” 

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