Common Pitfalls of Survey Design (And How to Avoid Them)

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Welcome to the second part of the Beginner’s Guide to Writing Great Surveys.  The first part of this guide explained how to draft a series of survey questions that will provide you with the data that you most need, based on your goals. In this article you will learn some of the common survey pitfalls and how you can avoid … Read More

Beginner’s Guide to Content Strategy

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In the beginning, there was content. But there was not very much of it. As the web expanded and new spaces filled with content, Content Strategists arose to take on the awesome responsibility of creating, organizing, and caring for it all. | Article written by Emerson Dameron, UX Consultant, Content Strategist, and Writer based in Los Angeles. The field of Content … Read More

Design Communication Toolkit – Part 2: Giving Design Feedback

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You worked hard. Maybe you even spent hours toiling over the pixels, the placement, the idea your design was conveying. And then come those terrible, dreadful, no-good words. “I just don’t like it.” Nails. On. Chalkboard. How is that helpful?! What ever happened to constructive criticism?! It’s all you can do to keep yourself from rebutting with a childish comeback. … Read More

Beginner’s Guide to Writing Great Surveys

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A UX researcher is constantly asking: what do users think and experience while using our product. Why did they choose it and how do they use it? Surveys are popular with UX practitioners, as well as marketers, social scientists, ethnographers, and strategists to answer these questions. UX Bootcampers can use surveys to test an idea for a new product in … Read More

[Intro guide] UX Research

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UX research is a broad discipline encompassing an array of specific practices. Its goal is to cut through the fog of assumptions and shine a light on the reality of who people are, what they do, and what they want. Article written by Emerson Dameron, UX Consultant, Content Strategist, and Writer based in Los Angeles. Design is about empathy, about … Read More

Design Communication Toolkit – Part 1: Communication Styles

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Communication is a word that gets tossed around freely. UX managers and recruiters are looking for individuals with not just the right design chops but also good communication skills. I’m certain no one has ever gone in for an interview and said, “You know I have every technical skill you need, but to be honest my communication skills…frankly they suck.” … Read More

Use These 2 Minimalist Concepts to Hack Your Design Learning

I’m the best at psyching myself out when starting new projects. Before I even sketch out a simple plan of the project, my mind enters ultra-irrational mode: Well first, don’t I need to finish that Photoshop tutorial to learn how to make a better UI? Shouldn’t I also get a better grasp on typography, color and layout before I start designing this app? … Read More

7 Reasons Why You Should Date a UX Designer

IF you were to date someone purely based on their profession, then consider putting User Experience Designers at the top of your list. Since User Experience Design as a field is still relatively new, it could use some introduction to stand out from long-established roles such as the engineer,  financial analyst, doctor, or lawyer. It’s already halfway to Valentine’s Day,  and not too early to think … Read More

How to Remember the 3 Vital UX Laws (and impress your interviewers)

  In a competitive UX job market, those who pay attention to the details and ask the high-level questions stand out. Questions like: Do our designs solve problems in the best possible way?  Here’s a quick and effective framework to answer that very question: Know Your Usability Laws + Test Your Designs  It sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how often the classic … Read More

The Last Post You’ll Read On Whether UX Designers Need to Learn Code

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This is the #1 question I get asked by UXBs: Do UX Designers need to know how to code? It’s one the most contentious topics in the design community today. With the tech world moving at such a fast pace, hiring getting more competitive, and the proliferation (and consolidation) of roles…this all adds up to a lot of confusion in the marketplace. … Read More