The Yin to your Yang: Gen-Synth Pair Design

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Creating good design solutions for a complex problem can be difficult for any designer alone. But today, designers are used to working collaboratively in large groups. Some designers work in bigger cross-functional groups for purposes like brainstorming, user research and design critiques while others work in smaller ones for purposes like wireframing, prototyping and front-end …

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Contextual Inquiry – Understanding your users in their environment

Contextual inquiry is a semi-structured field interview method conducted to obtain information about the context of use of any service or product. The participants are interviewed one at a time in their natural environment, while they perform their daily tasks to show how they use the product or service. As the users are interviewed in …

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Understanding UX Concepts by Games

Introduction UX designers play an essential role in a team. We confront a situation that developers control the universe. How can we transition their developer-centered approach design to a user-centered approach? How can UX designers better communicate and express UX concepts? Games can teach us UX concepts that improve productivity, taking the UX concept – …

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Using Origami As A Tool For Design Thinking

I heard about the technique of using origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, for design thinking from Daniel Stillman, who is the author of the book The 30 Second Elephant and The Paper Airplane Experiment. I attended one of his workshops on facilitating a workshop at a meetup event hosted by DesignSprint NYC. Nowadays …

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Participatory design, help your stakeholders better define and scope their business

It is always easy to come out with an idea and share it with the team, but not every person is able to understand it and consider it as a business opportunity due to their background and knowledge. How do you make sure your ideas will fit into their business? Well, it is the time …

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Guerrilla Testing: Quick Validation at Low Cost

Guerrilla testing is one of the most effective and simplest (cheapest too) form of user testing to improve the quality of your product, and make sure people can use it for its intended purpose. Using guerrilla testing usually means going into a public place (e.g. a coffee shop, train station, etc.) where you can find a relevant audience to validate critical ideas or assumptions about your product.