Publications :: Courtesy of InfoDesign
Data is just the raw material for storytelling, understanding and insights. Design is its process to get there.
“Bold claims have been made about applying big data to solve the world?s problems, from health (Fitbit) to saving energy (Nest). Data is all around us, appearing in slick devices and colorful dashboards, yet focusing on the technology can cause us to miss the people who have to use it. Our job as designers is to communicate information. A clean design with big numbers and charts looks good, but how can we make sure people actually understand the data?”
Design as the new normal.
“Design is finally receiving the attention and respect of non-designers. Jeff Veen talks about a different dynamic, one in which design plays a leading role in the development of products and services.”
Food experience without food is no food experience as well.
“User experience is a method of engineering and design that creates systems to work best for the intended user. In order to design in this way, users must be included in the design process through user research and usability testing. If user research and usability testing are not practiced, then UX is not being practiced.”
Progressing on the design maturity path for all designers: from wicked problems to complex systems.
“For many years, together with a number of design educators, I have been discussing how design can address the complex socio-technological systems that characterize our world. The issues are not new: many people and disciplines have grappled with them for some time. But how can design play a role? Do our educational methods, especially the emphasis upon craft, prepare designers for this? What can design add?”
Allways surprised by new research journal findings.
“The papers included in this special issue cover a wide range of approaches and case studies and discuss different aspects of design for children and older people.”
Wrestling with a major UX challenge through the force of digital product development processes
“(…) how UX can be integrated into the process is the topic of ongoing discussions between UX professionals and with other stakeholders within the organization.”
(Kris Lohmann ~ CoreMedia)
Major tech player enters the world of digital design for the enterprise. Oh wow!
“Whether we design for them or not, our products and services are framed by six universal experiences. Each experience offers opportunities to solve unmet needs and emotionally bond users to products. These are not product states, they are user experiences. When someone is ?trying? your product or service, they should be doing the same thing as ?using? it. From the technology perspective, there is no difference. But the context – and therefore the connection with the user – is very different.”
To lead the UX tribe, in theory and in practice.
“(…) we?ll discuss the need for great leaders in User Experience, describe some qualities that are characteristic of all great leaders, and consider some unique factors that make a UX leader great. Although UX leaders share many leadership traits with other disciplines – including business, product management, and engineering – leading UX research, strategy, and design requires particular strengths as a leader.”
Look in the mirror, not to the other.
“Before you redesign your site, make sure that you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your current design. Garner design ideas and alternatives by studying your competitors. The focus of competitive tests is not to crown a winner, but to gain deeper insight into why design elements work or fail so we can make informed decisions moving forward.”
The message is coming through. Slow, but consistently.
“(…) a clear link between a strategic approach to user experience and financial performance. Revenue growth, margins, valuations and share price performance were all higher for these companies relative to their respective peer group. These companies outperform because they provide consistently outstanding user experiences that help their customers succeed.”
(Gabriel Lowy ~ APM Digest)
Events :: Courtesy of the Interaction Design Foundation