UX Career Newsletter: Trends in User Research


You’re reading the UX Career Newsletter, a series that teaches you something new about UX design every week.

  1. Trends in User Research Methods

“Micro tests are preferred over long formal user research studies” is among some of the gems in this World IA Day lecture. As tools and methods multiply in the UX space, testing and research can afford to get more rapid and iterative. Worth the 5 minute watch to catch up on user research trends.

Here’s the video: https://vimeo.com/223359952

  1. Flow, a typeface built for wireframing

Sometimes the smallest design tools can really brighten your day, even if it shaves off 2% of the time you spend doing something. For quick, lower-fidelity wireframes, you can use a squiggly font like Flow to emulate text. Just copy a bunch of lorem ipsum, and turn on the “flow” font for some faster prototyping.

Here’s the tool: http://danross.co/flow/

  1. Enterprise UX Survey Results

From this article, I learned that “only about one in four organizations have well-formulated UX efforts in their organizations.”

Another interesting factoid from this article – most enterprises surveyed have about “50 or more developers for each designer.”

As design seeps into everyday work culture, I hope these numbers prove better for UX.

Read it on ZDNet: http://www.zdnet.com/article/enterprise-ux-techniques-are-learned-by-the-seat-of-the-pants-survey-shows/

Keep learnin’,

Oz / UX Coach @ UXBeginner.com

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Oz first started UX Beginner was a way to document his own journey to become a UX designer. Now the site helps thousands of professionals transition into the user experience field with UX career resources, articles and courses.

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