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User should NEVER EVER feel helpless or stupid!

The fact: User should NEVER EVER feel helpless or stupid! This equally applies to all kind of products, including software ones – mobile or web apps, websites, etc. And this is where usability testing is coming to the spotlight!

Read the full post here:https://konceptapp.com/blog/2016/06/23/usability-testing-expectations-vs-reality/

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How would you interpret someone who applies for a UX position and has a WordPress template for their online portfolio?

Answer by Joel Marsh:

Wow. You are probably ignoring a lot of perfectly good UX designers because YOU don’t really understand what a UX designer actually does.

First of all, someone can do UX for their entire career without ever writing interface code or designing anything that looks pretty.

And that person might be an excellent UX designer.

If a UX designer can code, great. If they can also design UI, great. But those are not “required” skills for a UX designer.

Second of all, UX is not better when there are “no boundaries”. Truly impressive UX design includes lots of boundaries, and the UX designer is responsible for defining and working within those boundaries.

Art is about possibilities. Design is about solving problems. And working with a great team is more liberating in terms of the final solution than building your own shit on the weekends.

You’re thinking of UI. Not UX.

Whether their portfolio is WordPress or Tumblr or Cargo Collective or a PDF file is almost irrelevant in UX as long as you can read it, understand it, and easily use it to view the project material.

Deliverables for a UX designer are usually wireframes and technical specifications, user research and insights, data analysis and behavioural profiles, and most importantly: quantifiable results.

Note that NONE of those things need to look nice or require coding.

How would you interpret someone who applies for a UX position and has a WordPress template for their online portfolio?

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UX is not UI

There is a lot of job offers labelled “Looking for UX/UI Designer”. I found this helpful article that explains the differences between these two tasks.

“UX is the intangible design of a strategy that brings us to a solution.”

UX has become a neologism. When something has “good UX” it is an implied meaning of having the core components of UX (research, maybe a persona, IA, interaction, interface, etc etc…). It’s not really necessary or desirable to tack the word design onto the end anymore. It’s a distraction and leads people down a parallel but misguided path… the path to thinking that UX = User Interface Design.

Read the full article: http://www.helloerik.com/ux-is-not-ui

What we want them to see

  • Field research
  • Face to face interviewing
  • Creation and administering of tests
  • Gathering, organizing, and presenting statistics
  • Documentation of personas and findings
  • Product design
  • Feature writing
  • Requirement writing
  • Graphic arts
  • Interaction design
  • Information Architecture
  • Usability
  • Prototyping
  • Interface layout
  • Interface design
  • Visual design
  • Taxonomy creation
  • Terminology creation
  • Copy writing
  • Presentation and speaking
  • Working tightly with programmers
  • Brainstorm coordination
  • Company culture evangelism
  • Communication to stakeholders

What they typically see

  • Field research
  • Face to face interviewing
  • Creation and administering of tests
  • Gathering, organizing, and presenting statistics
  • Documentation of personas and findings
  • Product design
  • Feature writing
  • Requirement writing
  • Graphic arts
  • Interaction design
  • Information Architecture
  • Usability
  • Prototyping
  • Interface layout
  • Interface design
  • Visual design
  • Taxonomy creation
  • Terminology creation
  • Copy writing
  • Presentation and speaking
  • Working tightly with programmers
  • Brainstorm coordination
  • Company culture evangelism
  • Communication to stakeholders

(Download this comparison list at UX is not UI – www.uxisnotui.com right now!)

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How Many Slaves Work for You?…

Bought a smartphone lately? What about a computer, T-shirt? Chances are, slaves made them. The Emancipation Proclamation may have abolished slavery in the United States nearly 150 years ago, but forced labor is still alive and well in the rest of the world. No matter what the brand, everything boils down to the supply chain: the people who pick and mill your cotton, mine the tungsten and gold, and harvest the coffee beans. And they’re all working for you. At least 27 million bonded laborers exist worldwide, according to Slavery Footprint, a new website and mobile app that measures the role forced labor plays in supporting our lifestyles. Most of us would like to assume the answer is zero, but even the most conscientious of consumers aren’t exempt…

try the survey: http://slaveryfootprint.org/

via: http://www.ecouterre.com/

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