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A step-by-step guide with some key concepts explained*I believe that doing an affinity diagram exercise is more efficient in a physical space with teammates scribbling notes, thinking out loud and engaging in discussions. Therefore, unless Sketch provides the ability to share/edit a file with multiple people at once, I would suggest to use the template to digitally store written Post-it notes or to showcase the process/result somewhere (i.e portfolio).
At the end of this article, there is a link to download a Free Sketch Template to create a digital version of an affinity diagram with explanations 😎
What is an Affinity Diagram?In short, the affinity diagram shows the common issues, themes, and scope of the customer problems and needs in one place. By hierarchically grouping the data, or affinity notes that reveal the problems and needs, it acts as the voice of the customer and the issues become the basis for user requirements. With just a few tools, you can create a visual representati..
At the start of a website project, it’s best to run a discovery phase to not only understand project goals but also to learn about users and customers to help ensure a successful launch. The kickoff meeting for this discovery is equally important. Whether it’s an agency working with a client or an in-house team working on their own website, getting together for kickoff and discovery is a chance for teams to understand the purpose of the organization. It also is where teams can start as they mean to go on, with effective and successful collaboration.
When should you run the kickoff? Ideally, the kickoff meeting should happen before teams and collaborators start a project as it helps set shared expectations.
Half a day is the minimum time required. This allows three to four hours in which to talk through the project goals, discovery tasks and research, ask questions, clarify client/team requests, and challenge assumptions. If blocking out an entire morning or afternoon isn’t feasible, ..
Editor’s note: Samvith Srinivas is a speaker at the 2018 IA Summit this week in Chicago, Illinois. This article is based on his talk. There is still time to register and save with discount code uxbooth. The cumulative effect of digital products created today have unintended consequences around the world. In South Korea, the government has set up internet addiction rehab centers, India reportedly has the highest number of selfie deaths in the world, and, in 2015, 3,477 people died due to distractions from handheld devices in the US alone. Research shows that our cell phones are distracting us in more ways than one.
Notifications on cell phones negatively affect task performance on complex tasks. The mere presence of a cell phone is shown to distract from task performance. These are the kind of tasks (e.g., create a wireframe, write an email) that most people do as part of our daily lives. These distractions are having negative effects on our health and happiness. In order to make up fo..
The 2018 IA Summit is a week away. It’s time to set your schedule and get ready for five days of learning how to face the challenges of designing and managing user interfaces and information environments.
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Breaking Through the Screen: Design Research Methods for Virtual Reality Joelle Fleurantin is an artist and design researcher obsessed with the relationship between bodies and screens, bodies and networks, bodies and embedded systems. Her talk will introduce sensory modalities as key to designing for VR and VR-specific design research methods including:
VR 5Es Experience model for bodies interfacing with a device. Rapid prototyping methods that don’t require 3D modeling skills. From the session description: “The digital environment is no longer bound to an increasingly flat screen, but can become an immersive environment within one’s home or remap the landscape of a dull daily commute. VR enables us to cr..
Wireframing is a key skill for UX design and often used to show layouts or visualize ideas to clients, stakeholders, and developers. Today’s wireframing programs can make it quicker and easier to develop these deliverable. Sketch, Figma, Codepen, Invision, Mindmeister, and many more are available and widely used.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of available design tools when creating your wireframes. I haven’t even mention Adobe, PowerPoint, and good old pen and paper. Sometimes a sketch on a piece of paper works just as well as presenting digital wireframes. As beginners, many UX professionals get caught up in software – Which ones are the best to use? What will look best on my resume for future jobs? The design stage, project requirements, and even the client or employer will influence which tool to use.
Wireframes range from low fidelity, with placeholders for elements, text, and media, to high fidelity versions that look, and may even function, like the finished ..
Editor’s Note: The IA Summit is three weeks away. Register today using our special discount code uxbooth. Last week we highlighted co-chair Nathaniel Davis’ take on the 2018 IA Summit theme, convergence. Today we have a different view from co-chair Coco Chalfant.
As we considered the theme for IAS18, I kept coming back to the thought of how our lives and social interactions have changed over the last two decades. It’s possible that the convergence of technology, human activity, and societal norms is affecting our physical and social behaviors. And as information architects, we have the responsibility and skills to affect positive change in society with our designs.
Changes in Social Behaviors The advent of social media and how humans access, process, and transmit ideas with each other has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. Sharing information with a best friend, in the 1990’s, meant using a traditional landline telephone to place a call and hoping that they were available to..
As more and more companies recognize the value of design thinking, the hiring surge within the design industry continues to gather speed. Over the last five years alone, some of the biggest names in tech have ramped up their recruiting efforts to nab more designers. IBM, for example, has increased its designer-to-developer hiring target from 1:72 to 1:8.
Designers are hot property, but what exactly are recruiters looking for? As engineering, design and development become increasingly intertwined, it seems that hiring managers are making a beeline for one type of designer in particular: the hybrid.
Hybrid designers, otherwise known as designer-developer unicorns, are not only masters of wireframing, user testing and visual design; they can also pack a punch in the programming department. For companies big and small, these kinds of designers are a major asset — and it’s not just about killing two birds with one stone.
Designers who can code are fast becoming the not-so-secret sauce for c..
How to be more concentrated, create better products and be a better colleaguePhoto by Rob Bye on UnsplashConcentration was not much of a topic 20 or 30 years ago. Most people could easily focus on page-length articles without pictures or infographics. This is hard for us since we are constantly bombarded with information about all sorts of channels and devices. The new media takes our attention almost uninterruptedly and our impulsive brain is helplessly exposed to the many stimuli.
Attention is the new currencyPhoto by Youssef Sarhan on UnsplashThe digital world is brilliant!(?)The countless positive achievements of the digital age are undisputed. The only problem is that our brain has not yet learned to deal with the modern flood of stimuli. When we’re not in a workflow tunnel, our brain constantly scans the environment for new stimuli and pounces on any interesting information. Nowadays we are constantly receiving new messages over the smartphone and the internet, so our brain absor..
Be the type expert your users deserve with our ultimate list of free typography resources for UX designersIt was infamous typeface designer Eric Gill who opined in 1931 that “we are concerned with typography in England.” Fast forward 80 years and everybody is concerned with typography, everywhere.
That’s why the Justinmind UXers came up with this list of top font and typography resources.
Typography in design: A quick run-downTypography is entwined in our everyday lives and there is no avoiding its omnipresent power. Whether you’re in a bustling metropolis like New York City or secluded in the plains of Rwanda, you’re going to interact with type. It’s on street signs, buildings, movie posters and books to name but a few of its homes.
That’s why typography plays such a vital role within user experience design. It’s found all over the globe and can be used to define a brand, convey emotion, deliver information and even ignite fiery hatred among zealots.
Use typography to prototype awesom..
Each time you are launching a mobile app redesign, you are risking to make some users unhappy. But there may be so many reasons for an app redesign that it actually can be your number one priority. And it’s, of course, vital to identify your particular reason or reasons for redesigning an app. You need to be 100% sure about what you are getting into.
Redesigning has got many advantages. So, undoubtedly, a well-done redesign can move your business in a new direction and help increase ROI.
First off, you need to ask yourself why your app needs a redesign. So, you might want to launch a mobile app redesign because:
User experience trends have changedYou are about to launch a new featureYour competitor is providing a better app experienceYour current design is a mess and is not user-friendlyAs soon as you are sure about launching an app redesign, you need to start acting. Let’s discuss your moves one by one in more detail.
Talk to your usersEverything you do, you do for your users. So, it’..
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