UX Research

Practical Techniques for Designing Better Products

Author: Brad Nunnally,David Farkas

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1491951265

Category: Computers

Page: 256

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One key responsibility of product designers and UX practitioners is to conduct formal and informal research to clarify design decisions and business needs. But there’s often mystery around product research, with the feeling that you need to be a research Zen master to gather anything useful. Fact is, anyone can conduct product research. With this quick reference guide, you’ll learn a common language and set of tools to help you carry out research in an informed and productive manner. This book contains four sections, including a brief introduction to UX research, planning and preparation, facilitating research, and analysis and reporting. Each chapter includes a short exercise so you can quickly apply what you’ve learned. Learn what it takes to ask good research questions Know when to use quantitative and qualitative research methods Explore the logistics and details of coordinating a research session Use softer skills to make research seem natural to participants Learn tools and approaches to uncover meaning in your raw data Communicate your findings with a framework and structure

UX Research

Practical Techniques for Designing Better Products

Author: Brad Nunnally,David Farkas

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1491951249

Category: Computers

Page: 256

View: 1926

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One key responsibility of product designers and UX practitioners is to conduct formal and informal research to clarify design decisions and business needs. But there’s often mystery around product research, with the feeling that you need to be a research Zen master to gather anything useful. Fact is, anyone can conduct product research. With this quick reference guide, you’ll learn a common language and set of tools to help you carry out research in an informed and productive manner. This book contains four sections, including a brief introduction to UX research, planning and preparation, facilitating research, and analysis and reporting. Each chapter includes a short exercise so you can quickly apply what you’ve learned. Learn what it takes to ask good research questions Know when to use quantitative and qualitative research methods Explore the logistics and details of coordinating a research session Use softer skills to make research seem natural to participants Learn tools and approaches to uncover meaning in your raw data Communicate your findings with a framework and structure

UX Research

Practical Techniques for Designing Better Products

Author: Brad Nunnally,David Farkas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781491951293

Category: Computers

Page: 250

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One key responsibility of a product designer is to conduct formal and informal research to inform business needs and design decisions. But, if you're like many product designers who have come from different professions, you may well lack research fundamentals. If that's the case, this practical book is the primer and desk reference you need. With it, you'll learn how to perform both quantitative and qualitative UX research in a practical manner without having to become a full-fledged researcher. It's ideal for product designers both in agency and in-house environments.

User Research

A Practical Guide to Designing Better Products and Services

Author: Stephanie Marsh

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN: 0749481056

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Many businesses are based on creating desirable experiences, products and services for users. However in spite of this, companies often fail to consider the end user - the customer - in their planning and development processes. As a result, organizations find themselves spending huge sums of money creating products and services that, quite simply, don't work. User experience research, also known as UX research, focuses on understanding user behaviours, needs and motivations through a range of observational techniques, task analysis and other methodologies. User Research is a practical guide that shows readers how to use the vast array of user research methods available. Covering all the key research methods including face-to-face user testing, card sorting, surveys, A/B testing and many more, the book gives expert insight into the nuances, advantages and disadvantages of each, while also providing guidance on how to interpret, analyze and share the data once it has been obtained. Ultimately, User Research is about putting natural powers of observation and conversation to use in a specific way. The book isn't bogged down with small, specific, technical detail - rather, it explores the fundamentals of user research, which remain true regardless of the context in which they are applied. As such, the tools and frameworks given here can be used in any sector or industry, to improve any part of the customer journey and experience; whether that means improving software, websites, customer services, products, packaging or more.

UX Strategy

How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want

Author: Jaime Levy

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1449373011

Category: Computers

Page: 312

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User experience (UX) strategy requires a careful blend of business strategy and UX design, but until now, there hasn’t been an easy-to-apply framework for executing it. This hands-on guide introduces lightweight strategy tools and techniques to help you and your team craft innovative multi-device products that people want to use. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, UX/UI designer, product manager, or part of an intrapreneurial team, this book teaches simple-to-advanced strategies that you can use in your work right away. Along with business cases, historical context, and real-world examples throughout, you’ll also gain different perspectives on the subject through interviews with top strategists. Define and validate your target users through provisional personas and customer discovery techniques Conduct competitive research and analysis to explore a crowded marketplace or an opportunity to create unique value Focus your team on the primary utility and business model of your product by running structured experiments using prototypes Devise UX funnels that increase customer engagement by mapping desired user actions to meaningful metrics

Researching UX: User Research

Author: James Lang,Emma Howell

Publisher: SitePoint

ISBN: 1492064270

Category: Computers

Page: 202

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How well do you really know your users? With properly conducted user research, you can discover what really makes your audience tick. This practical guide will show you, step-by-step, how to gain proper insight about your users so that you can base design decisions on solid evidence. You'll not only learn the different methodologies that you can employ in user research, but also gain insight into important set-up activities, such as recruiting users and equipping your lab, and acquire analysis skills so that you can make the most of the data you've gathered. And finally, you'll learn how to communicate findings and deploy evidence, to boost your design rationale and persuade skeptical colleagues. Design your research Cost justify user research Recruit and incentivise users Discover how to run your research sessions Analyze your results Reporting on results and acting in your findings

Designing for How People Think

Using Brain Science to Build Better Products

Author: John Whalen

Publisher: O'Reilly Media

ISBN: 9781491985458

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Understanding the mind of a customer is essential for any product or service designer. True, some designers can perceive what their customers need or want, but in the era of artificial intelligence, augmented cognition, and "thinking" designs, intuition isn't enough. With this practical guide, you'll learn how different regions of the human brain create multifaceted and multi-model experiences. Once you grasp this concept, you'll not only learn how to collect the right data that customers need to understand an experience, but also how to put that data to the best use. Understand the inner workings of customers' minds to deliver competitive augmented reality, AI, and thinking products Learn key brain systems involved in generating an experience through a product or service Collect the right data to understand the entirety of an experience and put that data to the best use Learn concrete ways to improve your products or services based on psychology and neuroscience Bridge the gaps between cognitive science, UX, behavior change, AI, and augmented reality

Researching UX: Analytics

Understanding Is the Heart of Great UX

Author: Luke Hay

Publisher: SitePoint

ISBN: 1492018414

Category: Computers

Page: 176

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Good UX is based on evidence. Qualitative evidence, such as user testing and field research, can only get you so far. To get the full picture of how users are engaging with your website or app, you'll need to use quantitative evidence in the form of analytics. This book will show you, step by step, how you can use website and app analytics data to inform design choices and definitively improve user experience. Offering practical guidelines, with plenty of detailed examples, this book covers: why you need to gather analytics data for your UX projects getting set up with analytics tools analyzing data how to find problems in your analytics using analytics to aid user research, measure and report on outcomes By the end of this book, you'll have a strong understanding of the important role analytics plays in the UX process. It will inspire you to take an "analytics first" approach to your UX projects.

UX for Lean Startups

Faster, Smarter User Experience Research and Design

Author: Laura Klein

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1449335047

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Offers a series of standalone chapters that let you concentrate on those areas most important to your startup. The advice Laura Klein provides in this book comes from more than 15 years of working with startups and building great user experiences.

Designing Voice User Interfaces

Principles of Conversational Experiences

Author: Cathy Pearl

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1491955384

Category: Computers

Page: 278

View: 9786

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Voice user interfaces (VUIs) are becoming all the rage today. But how do you build one that people can actually converse with? Whether you’re designing a mobile app, a toy, or a device such as a home assistant, this practical book guides you through basic VUI design principles, helps you choose the right speech recognition engine, and shows you how to measure your VUI’s performance and improve upon it. Author Cathy Pearl also takes product managers, UX designers, and VUI designers into advanced design topics that will help make your VUI not just functional, but great. Understand key VUI design concepts, including command-and-control and conversational systems Decide if you should use an avatar or other visual representation with your VUI Explore speech recognition technology and its impact on your design Take your VUI above and beyond the basic exchange of information Learn practical ways to test your VUI application with users Monitor your app and learn how to quickly improve performance Get real-world examples of VUIs for home assistants, smartwatches, and car systems

Articulating Design Decisions

Communicate with Stakeholders, Keep Your Sanity, and Deliver the Best User Experience

Author: Tom Greever

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 149192151X

Category: Computers

Page: 278

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Talking to people about your designs might seem like a basic skill, but it can be difficult to do efficiently and well. And, in many cases, how you communicate about your work with stakeholders, clients, and other non-designers is more critical than the designs themselves—simply because the most articulate person usually wins. This practical guide focuses on principles, tactics, and actionable methods for presenting your designs. Whether you design UX, websites, or products, you’ll learn how to win over anyone who has influence over the project—with the goal of creating the best experience for the end user. Walk through the process of preparing for and presenting your designs Understand stakeholder perspectives, and learn how to empathize with them Cultivate both implicit and explicit listening skills Learn tactics and formulas for expressing the most effective response to feedback Discover why the way you follow through is just as crucial as the meeting itself Educate your stakeholders by sharing the chapter from this book on how to work with designers

A Project Guide to UX Design

For user experience designers in the field or in the making

Author: Russ Unger,Carolyn Chandler

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 0132931729

Category: Computers

Page: 360

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User experience design is the discipline of creating a useful and usable Web site or application that’s easily navigated and meets the needs of the site owner and its users. There’s a lot more to successful UX design than knowing the latest Web technologies or design trends: It takes diplomacy, management skills, and business savvy. That’s where the updated edition of this important book comes in. With new information on design principles, mobile and gestural interactions, content strategy, remote research tools and more, you’ll learn to: Recognize the various roles in UX design, identify stakeholders, and enlist their support Obtain consensus from your team on project objectives Understand approaches such as Waterfall, Agile, and Lean UX Define the scope of your project and avoid mission creep Conduct user research in person or remotely, and document your findings Understand and communicate user behavior with personas Design and prototype your application or site Plan for development, product rollout, and ongoing quality assurance

Information Architecture

For the Web and Beyond

Author: Louis Rosenfeld,Peter Morville,Jorge Arango

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 149191355X

Category: Computers

Page: 486

View: 300

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Information architecture (IA) is far more challenging—and necessary—than ever. With the glut of information available today, anything your organization wants to share should be easy to find, navigate, and understand. But the experience you provide has to be familiar and coherent across multiple interaction channels, from the Web to smartphones, smartwatches, and beyond. To guide you through this broad ecosystem, this popular guide—now in its fourth edition—provides essential concepts, methods, and techniques for digital design that have withstood the test of time. UX designers, product managers, developers, and anyone involved in digital design will learn how to create semantic structures that will help people engage with your message. This book includes: An overview of IA and the problems it solves for creating effective digital products and services A deep dive into IA components, including organization, labeling, navigation, search, and metadata Processes and methods that take you from research to strategy, design, and IA implementation

Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction

Author: Jonathan Lazar,Jinjuan Heidi Feng,Harry Hochheiser

Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 0128093439

Category: Computers

Page: 560

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Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction is a comprehensive guide to performing research and is essential reading for both quantitative and qualitative methods. Since the first edition was published in 2009, the book has been adopted for use at leading universities around the world, including Harvard University, Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Washington, the University of Toronto, HiOA (Norway), KTH (Sweden), Tel Aviv University (Israel), and many others. Chapters cover a broad range of topics relevant to the collection and analysis of HCI data, going beyond experimental design and surveys, to cover ethnography, diaries, physiological measurements, case studies, crowdsourcing, and other essential elements in the well-informed HCI researcher's toolkit. Continual technological evolution has led to an explosion of new techniques and a need for this updated 2nd edition, to reflect the most recent research in the field and newer trends in research methodology. This Research Methods in HCI revision contains updates throughout, including more detail on statistical tests, coding qualitative data, and data collection via mobile devices and sensors. Other new material covers performing research with children, older adults, and people with cognitive impairments. Comprehensive and updated guide to the latest research methodologies and approaches, and now available in EPUB3 format (choose any of the ePub or Mobi formats after purchase of the eBook). Expanded discussions of online datasets, crowdsourcing, statistical tests, coding qualitative data, laws and regulations relating to the use of human participants, and data collection via mobile devices and sensors New material on performing research with children, older adults, and people with cognitive impairments, two new case studies from Google and Yahoo!, and techniques for expanding the influence of your research to reach non-researcher audiences, including software developers and policymakers

UX Design for Mobile

Author: Pablo Perea,Pau Giner

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1787283593

Category: Computers

Page: 354

View: 3490

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Get proficient in building beautiful and appealing mobile interfaces (UI) with this complete mobile user experience (UX) design guide. About This Book Quickly explore innovative design solutions based on the real needs of your users. Create low and high fidelity prototypes using some of the best tools. Master a pragmatic design process to create successful products. Plan an app design from scratch to final test, with real users. Who This Book Is For This book is for designers, developers and product managers interested in creating successful apps. Readers will be provided with a process to produce, test and improve designs based on best practices. What You Will Learn Plan an app design from scratch to final test, with real users. Learn from leading companies and find working patterns. Apply best UX design practices to your design process. Create low and high fidelity prototypes using some of the best tools. Follow a step by step examples for Tumult Hype and Framer Studio. Test your designs with real users, early in the process. Integrate the UX Designer profile into a working team. In Detail User experience (UX) design provides techniques to analyze the real needs of your users and respond to them with products that are delightful to use. This requires you to think differently compared to traditional development processes, but also to act differently. In this book, you will be introduced to a pragmatic approach to exploring and creating mobile app solutions, reducing risks and saving time during their construction. This book will show you a working process to quickly iterate product ideas with low and high fidelity prototypes, based on professional tools from different software brands. You will be able to quickly test your ideas early in the process with the most adequate prototyping approach. You will understand the pros and cons of each approach, when you should use each of them, and what you can learn in each step of the testing process. You will also explore basic testing approaches and some more advanced techniques to connect and learn from your users. Each chapter will focus on one of the general steps needed to design a successful product according to the organization goals and the user needs. To achieve this, the book will provide detailed hands-on pragmatic techniques to design innovative and easy to use products. You will learn how to test your ideas in the early steps of the design process, picking up the best ideas that truly work with your users, rethinking those that need further refinement, and discarding those that don't work properly in tests made with real users. By the end of the book, you will learn how to start exploring and testing your design ideas, regardless the size of the design budget. Style and approach A quick and simple guide to design and test a mobile application from the UX design point of view

Build Better Products

A Modern Approach to Building Successful User-Centered Products

Author: Laura Klein

Publisher: Rosenfeld Media

ISBN: 1933820454

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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It’s easier than ever to build a new product. But developing a great product that people actually want to buy and use is another story. Build Better Products is a hands-on, step-by-step guide that helps teams incorporate strategy, empathy, design, and analytics into their development process. You’ll learn to develop products and features that improve your business’s bottom line while dramatically improving customer experience.

Understanding Industrial Design

Principles for UX and Interaction Design

Author: Simon King,Kuen Chang

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1491920343

Category: Computers

Page: 288

View: 2014

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With the coming flood of connected products, many UX and interaction designers are looking into hardware design, a discipline largely unfamiliar to them. If you’re among those who want to blend digital and physical design concepts successfully, this practical book helps you explore seven long-standing principles of industrial design. Two present and former design directors at IDEO, the international design and innovation firm, use real-world examples to describe industrial designs that are sensorial, simple, enduring, playful, thoughtful, sustainable, and beautiful. You’ll learn how to approach, frame, and evaluate your designs as they extend beyond the screen and into the physical world. Sensorial: create experiences that fully engage our human senses Simple: design simple products that provide overall clarity in relation to their purpose Enduring: build products that wear well and live on as classics Playful: use playful design to go beyond functionality and create emotional connections Thoughtful: observe people’s struggles and anticipate their needs Sustainable: design products that reduce environmental impact Beautiful: elevate the experience of everyday products through beauty

UX For Dummies

Author: Kevin P. Nichols,Donald Chesnut

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118852796

Category: Computers

Page: 384

View: 5310

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Get up to speed quickly on the latest in user experience strategy and design UX For Dummies is a hands-on guide to developing and implementing user experience strategy. Written by globally-recognized UX consultants, this essential resource provides expert insight and guidance on using the tools and techniques that create a great user experience, along with practical advice on implementing a UX strategy that aligns with your organisation's business goals and philosophy. You'll learn how to integrate web design, user research, business planning and data analysis to focus your company's web presence on the needs of your customers, gaining the skills you need to be effective in the field of user experience design. Whether it's the interface, graphics, industrial design, physical interaction or a user manual, being anything less than on point can negatively affect customer satisfaction and retention. User experience design fully encompasses traditional human-computer interaction design, and extends it to address all aspects of a product or service as perceived by users. UX For Dummies provides comprehensive guidance to professionals looking to understand and apply effective UX strategies. Defines UX and offers assistance with determining users and modelling the user experience Provides details on creating a content strategy and building information architectures Explores visual design and designing for specific channels Delves into UX testing and methods for keeping your site relevant The UX field is growing rapidly as companies realise that meeting your business goals requires a web presence aligned with customer needs. This alignment demands smart strategy and even smarter design. Consultants, designers and practitioners must all be on board if the result is to be cohesive and effective. UX For Dummies provides the information and expert advice you need to get up to speed quickly.

Prototyping for Designers

Developing the Best Digital and Physical Products

Author: Kathryn McElroy

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1491954035

Category: Computers

Page: 326

View: 4943

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Prototyping and user testing is the best way to create successful products, but many designers skip this important step and use gut instinct instead. By explaining the goals and methodologies behind prototyping—and demonstrating how to prototype for both physical and digital products—this practical guide helps beginning and intermediate designers become more comfortable with creating and testing prototypes early and often in the process. Author Kathryn McElroy explains various prototyping methods, from fast and dirty to high fidelity and refined, and reveals ways to test your prototypes with users. You’ll gain valuable insights for improving your product, whether it’s a smartphone app or a new electronic gadget. Learn similarities and differences between prototyping for physical and digital products Know what fidelity level is needed for different prototypes Get best practices for prototyping in a variety of mediums, and choose which prototyping software or components to use Learn electronics prototyping basics and resources for getting started Write basic pseudocode and translate it into usable code for Arduino Conduct user tests to gain insights from prototypes

Org Design for Design Orgs

Building and Managing In-House Design Teams

Author: Peter Merholz,Kristin Skinner

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1491938358

Category: Computers

Page: 198

View: 3636

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Design has become the key link between users and today’s complex and rapidly evolving digital experiences, and designers are starting to be included in strategic conversations about the products and services that enterprises ultimately deliver. This has led to companies building in-house digital/experience design teams at unprecedented rates, but many of them don’t understand how to get the most out of their investment. This practical guide provides guidelines for creating and leading design teams within your organization, and explores ways to use design as part of broader strategic planning. You’ll discover: Why design’s role has evolved in the digital age How to infuse design into every product and service experience The 12 qualities of effective design organizations How to structure your design team through a Centralized Partnership Design team roles and evolution The process of recruiting and hiring designers How to manage your design team and promote professional growth