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  1. Book Review: A Designer’s Research Manual

    June 17, 2019

    Cover: A Designer's Research ManualAs a design discipline, User Experience frequently gets lumped together with visual or graphic design—often to the chagrin of UX professionals. Of course, this tendency reinforces and is reinforced by the common belief that design is defined by its deliverables. Further, the plethora of books, periodicals, annuals, and Web sites that worship the unique style and fashion of graphic design rather than process and outcomes encourages the description of design in terms of its deliverables.

    The high-water mark—or maybe low-water mark—for this philosophy was probably the late 1990s, when graphic designers pushed the limits of legibility in pursuit of distinctive style. An exemplar of that trend might be the celebrity graphic designer David Carson, who described the “intuitiveness” of his visual design work, while pushing the limits of legibility. As an author and speaker, he’s made a number of statements discussing his design philosophy. Read More

  2. Book Review: Human + Machine

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    Leading UX transformation

    February 4, 2019

    Cover: Human + MachineAs UX professionals, it’s important that we stay abreast of the latest technologies and consider how they might impact UX design. So, over the past year or so, I’ve read more than half a dozen books, as well as numerous articles on various aspects of artificial intelligence (AI)—ranging from highly technical books for developers to more accessible works whose targets are business leaders, product managers, or even the general public. The most valuable of these books: Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI, by Paul R. Daugherty and H. James Wilson. This book is targeted primarily at business leaders and the professionals who influence them. Anyone who works for a corporation that deploys software to achieve its business goals would benefit from reading this book—and today, that’s just about every business. Those in government and education should also read this book. In addition to applying its lessons to their own unique contexts and ensuring that the workforce is ready to contribute maximal value in the age of AI, they can also influence business leaders to choose the right path forward at this critical inflection point. Read More

  3. Book Review: How to Get People to Do Stuff

    May 21, 2019

    Cover: How to Get People to Do StuffSusan Weinschenk is known for her psychological approach to User Experience. She holds a PhD in Psychology, worked with Human Factors International, and created a following by portraying User Experience through the lens of brain science. Weinschenk is a well-known speaker and the author of several books that discuss the application of psychology to User Experience, including How to Get People to Do Stuff: Master the Art and Science of Persuasion and Motivation.

    In descriptions of User Experience, it is common to see phrases such as ease of use or removing friction. We often talk about reducing barriers to user goals. However, we can hypothesize that User Experience exists on a continuum, ranging from difficulty in achieving goals, to making things easier or even enjoyable for users, to pushing users toward a specific outcome, as shown in Figure 1. Read More

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