March 20, 2023 Edition

Setting Yourself Apart as a Job Candidate

Enterprise UX

Designing experiences for people at work

A column by Jonathan Walter
March 20, 2023

There are countless articles on the Web whose purpose is to help UX designers write stellar resumes or craft compelling portfolios. But through my decades-long career as a UX professional and leader, I’ve discovered other ways of helping candidates stand out. Although some of them get less fanfare, they are no less important. The observations that I’ll share in this column come from experience—not only from my own failures, successes, and learnings as a job applicant, but also as a manager who has reviewed hundreds of resumes and portfolios and interviewed dozens of candidates for UX design jobs.

Therefore, in this column, I’ll go beyond the usual advice about creating your resume and portfolio. Instead, I’ll touch upon some other ways in which UX design candidates can stand out from other job applicants. Think of the following tips as additional arrows in your quiver that, if you use them right, can better arm you for success. These tips include the following:

  • Being selective
  • Embracing the cover letter
  • Showcasing your initiative Read More

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The Intersection of Data Visualization and UX Design

March 20, 2023

In the digital age, data is a critical component of our daily lives. It informs our decision-making and drives innovation. On the other hand, UX design is crucial to creating easy-to-use, user-friendly products and services—essentially creating coherent user interfaces that look and feel good.

But what happens when these two fields collide? Can the user experience and data work together to create meaningful experiences for users? In this article, I’ll share my thoughts on this interesting conjunction of ideas and help you to understand how you can use them to create an impact. Read More

Impacts the User Experience Has on the Customer Experience

March 20, 2023

To the uninitiated, the user experience and customer experience might seem to be the same thing. While they’re not, they do have a lot in common. This article can help you to understand both the differences between them and how they interact with each other. With this knowledge, you can make the right decisions for your products and your brand.

What is the difference between the user experience and the customer experience (CX)?

User Experience

The user experience relates to the ways in which people interact and engage with your product or Web site. Designers of both digital products such as Web sites, applications, and digital storefronts and physical products focus on the user experience. Read More

7 Ways Web Developers and UX Designers Can Collaborate

March 20, 2023

If your organization wants to build a new Web site or product that provides an ideal user experience, you’ll need to collaborate with experts in a variety of disciplines. Today, people understand the importance of UX designers and Web developers partnering with each other to deliver the best possible outcomes.

At many renowned companies, UX designers and Web developers work alongside each other throughout the design and development process. To maximize conversions on your Web site, you must create a user-centric site, so UX designers focus on all the user-related factors that Web developers often miss. In this article, I’ll discuss why UX design is so essential to a Web site’s success and how collaborative teams can deliver maximal results. Read More

Regression Testing in the Agile Universe

March 20, 2023

In 2023, “software is eating the world.” Software drives most companies today. This means that more and more companies are becoming agile—and so are the processes and methods by which these companies function. Most companies are on the lookout for methods that reduce their products’ time to market, which can be challenging for in-house teams such as testing teams. As a result, software-testing professionals need to curate a solid approach that lets them keep up with all the changes, updates, and operations.

In agile, regression testing can help teams focus on new functionalities, but also preserve the stability of each product increment and update. Teams use regression testing to ensure that tested software continues to perform well after every modification. Read More

March 13, 2023 Edition

7 Common Myths About the Role of the UX Researcher

March 13, 2023

In recent years, the role of the UX researcher has grown in importance. But those who are just entering the field of User Experience should be aware that there are a lot of misconceptions about this role. Therefore, in this article, I’ll debunk some of the most common myths, or fallacies, about the role of UX research, as follows:

  • Fallacy #1: UX research is all about doing the research.
  • Fallacy #2: UX research is all about talking with users.
  • Fallacy #3: A UX research project ends after completing the research.
  • Fallacy #4: Stakeholders drive requests for UX research.
  • Fallacy #5: UX research is about conducting one study after another.
  • Fallacy #6: UX research is all about collecting user feedback.
  • Fallacy #7: UX research is all about working with your product team. Read More

6 UX Design Principles for Augmented-Reality Development

March 13, 2023

UX designers have really embraced augmented reality (AR) in recent years, a technology that is helping them combine aspects of the real world with computer-generated elements. Thanks to AR, UX designers can create innovative designs that capture the user’s imagination—although to achieve this, there are some challenges to overcome.

Less-than-perfect augmented-reality development can have a negative impact on the user experience, which is why designers need to consider how they can integrate UX design principles and AR. In this article, I’ll outline six UX design principles to consider when integrating augmented-reality development into your next UX design project. Read More

What Is the Cost of Designing a Mobile App?

March 13, 2023

For around $5,400, more or less, my company, Purrweb, designs and develops MVPs (Minimum Viable Products), but there are still some other important nuances of calculating costs to consider. Design plays a big role in the creation of a mobile app, but it’s part of a complex process. Other factors such as project analysis, management, and development impact the cost of UX design. Let’s dive into the world of mobile-app design and development and try to understand what exactly dictates the pricing.

Factors That Impact the Price

There are several key factors that define the cost of designing a mobile application: the type of the app, its features, design complexity, staffing, and geographical region. Let’s take an in-depth look at each of these factors and see how they contribute to pricing. Read More

Using UX Design to Enhance the Performance of CPQ Systems

March 13, 2023

Personalized experiences are now key to winning customers in today’s business world. Sales professionals must tailor their strategies and leverage their tools to meet customers’ requirements and successfully close deals. Many sales teams use CPQ software tools to generate accurate quotes and manage the complex pricing of products or services.

Although many sales teams use CPQ solutions to improve their quote process, many of these systems have unfriendly user interfaces that prevent team’s taking full advantage of these intelligent systems. We all know how critical the user experience is to the success of a platform or application. In fact, the user experience is one of the top factors that impact customers’ buying decisions. Did you know that 80% of customers revealed that they are willing to pay extra for a better user experience? No wonder business leaders from all over the world believe their user experience is one of the competitive differentiators for the brand. Read More

8 Tips for Making Your Custom Web Designs Mobile Friendly

March 13, 2023

A decade ago, few would have thought about the significance of smartphones. Today, a smartphone is no longer just a phone. It is a way of living, communicating, shopping, ordering food, and finding answers to our questions. Most users now depend on the usability of smartphones. Wise businesses are developing or upgrading their Web site to provide a smooth, easy-to-use, mobile-friendly experience.

Creating a mobile-friendly Web site is the fastest way to elevate your search-engine ranking and kick-start your business’s online presence. By the end of 2025, the number of users accessing the Internet via a mobile phone will be close to 3 billion. And I expect this number to continue to grow. If you’re reading this article, you are probably aware of the importance of having a mobile-friendly Web site and want to learn more. Read More