Conducting Usability Research for Mobile Apps

Mobile changes everything about how we conduct usability research. With the right strategy, we can quickly understand our users’ behavior, wherever they are. Join Cyd Harrell at the UX Immersion Mobile Conference, April 7-9 in Denver to learn the latest techniques for interviewing, gathering data, and involving your entire team. You’ll learn how to: Lead strong mobile-research evaluations Envision studies even at the concept stage Determine when to do (or not do) usability testing Use mobile-research tools to study users’ questions Recruit users for specific operating systems Involve teams and stakeholders in the research At Cyd’s workshop, Conducting Usability Research for Mobile Apps, you’ll participate in small-group and individual activities to hone your research and interview techniques. Wear comfortable walking shoes; you’ll need them for observing mobile users on-the-go. You’ll also dig into some diary studies to see what “research platform in your pocket” means. You’ll discuss: Designing a mobile-specific research plan Collecting user data with mobile devices Conducting user interviews on-the-go Adding research — without blowing budgets Cyd’s been doing remote research since 2007. When she was at Bolt | Peters she even developed methods to broadcast remote research sessions to observation teams. Today, as the UX lead for Code for America, Cyd regularly performs research on mobile phones from low-income residents through smartphone-happy elite populations. In short, she’s The Expert. So don’t miss her at UXIM14. A Tool No UX Designer Should Be Without One of the tools Cyd uses for remote usability studies is her document camera. It’s a great way to have remote teams participate and to permanently capture the study. Get your own IPEVO...

Improve Communication With Your Remote Team

OK. Your meeting is going perfectly. Then a remote team member says, “I don’t understand. Can you show me what you mean?” PANIC! MEETING IS DERAILING! But you’re about to save the day. You plug in your trusty IPEVO document camera and focus in on the pen and paper. As you make your sketch you begin to hear folks saying, “I get it,” and the whole team is back on track. How do you get this nifty tool? You register for the UX Immersion Mobile Conference by January 30. Why You Need the IPEVO Document Camera: Share your design ideas and sketches with remote teams to ensure everyone is on the same page Document individual sketches during design studios to a digital file for easy access in the future Project sketches to large audiences to convey your designs Get everyone participating and working together saving time and increasing productivity Conduct usability tests remotely while letting the team back in the office watch Register by January 30 to Get Your Free IPEVO We’re always looking to bring you new resources, processes, and techniques to help you become a better designer. Now we have a great tool that we’re excited to include with your UXIM registration, the IPEVO document camera. But it’s only available until January 30 so be sure to register now. Explore the conference and IPEVO camera at...

Workflow on Responsive Web Design Projects

The old workflow of designing for the desktop and a tablet, working up images in Photoshop or Fireworks, falls apart with responsive design. With the growing number of mobile devices, how do you design for the multitude of screen sizes? What priority will elements take on shrinking screens? How can designers make their intentions clear for developers ready to code? These are some of the questions Ben Callahan’s workflow seminar will answer. With Ben, learn to manage expectations and create stronger products, faster by: Structuring teams to be more flexible Planning responsive projects, from soup-to-nuts Designing interfaces using faster methods Managing expectations and doing testing Pushing “the whole” instead of “the parts” Using more than one tool Learning to let go of control When Ben Callahan speaks, everyone listens. He has been a leading voice in making flexibility the core of responsive design workflows. Don’t miss his full-day workshop at UXIM14 in Denver, CO on April 7. You’ll learn how to: Build small “surgical” teams to maximize collaboration Delay decisions until the last responsible moment Overcome “baggage” that hampers a responsive process Facilitate a collaborative design process that’s still adaptable Convince others that responsive web design is a competitive advantage Identify when trust waivers, then address it with transparency Ben will help you overcome common workflow challenges. He’ll also offer practical, relatable takeaways from real-world stories and case studies from his own experiences in running projects. If your design process is missing something and you want to know how to shift the focus from the process to the people involved—check out this workshop. Get inspired at the UXIM Mobile...

Brad Frost – Creating Responsive Interfaces

[ Transcript Available ] Brad is joining us to teach one of the daylong workshops in Denver, CO April 7-9 as part of the UX Immersion Mobile Conference. For more information about Brad’s and 5 other workshops, visit uxim.co. Frameworks and design patterns are no strangers in the world of web design. As responsive web design becomes common practice, making sure these templates work across every imaginable screen and device is trickier. There have been attempts to break down page elements in separate modules, but you often never see it fully assembled. Brad Frost shares this frustration and introduces Atomic Design as a solution. Borrowing from the metaphor of atoms making up molecules, molecules making up organism and so forth, Brad thinks responsive design needs to be approached deeper than at the page level. Having these individual modules is great, but how do they all fit together? Designing in this way allows you to be more deliberate and systematic in your approach. Dividing an interface up creates the ability to stitch webpages together but in a way that builds from an atomic level and you can clearly see how you’ve arrived at the end product. This approach to responsive design, as Brad says, serves to solve problems in a very acute way. Recorded: January, 2014 [ Subscribe to our podcast via ?This link will launch the iTunes application.] [ Subscribe with other podcast applications.] Full Transcript. Jared Spool: Welcome to another episode of the SpoolCast. I’m so glad you’re joining us today, and I’m even happier that we have the amazing Brad Frost with us. Brad is a wonder-dude....

Jason Grigsby – Responsive Web Design with Mobile in Mind

[ Transcript Available ] Jason is joining us to teach one of the daylong workshops in Denver, CO April 7-9 as part of the UX Immersion Mobile Conference. For more information about Jason’s and 5 other workshops, visit uxim.co. With the mobile web, specifically m dot sites increasingly becoming a thing of the past, responsive web design has become common practice. The ability for your site to display across screen sizes and devices, reduces development time and allows for one design to work anywhere. However, this shouldn’t signal a shift away from mobile-first thinking. Jason Grigsby, of Cloud Four, believes that there are considerations that responsive design alone doesn’t address. The total experience of your site is more than just what it looks like. Simply using media queries to optimize your site’s design for different page widths is not a viable solution. Page weights, image sizes, and network speeds all need to be factored into the equation. In Jason’s mind, performance is a key differentiator. He says that you can have a beautiful design or the perfect user experience, but if your performance is bad, people won’t use it. Sites that look good and work well on the desktop may feel slow and bloated on a mobile device. Starting with performance in mind and considering mobile-first avoids these problems early in the process. Recorded: December, 2013 [ Subscribe to our podcast via ?This link will launch the iTunes application.] [ Subscribe with other podcast applications.] Full Transcript. Jared Spool: Hello there. Welcome, everybody, to another episode of the SpoolCast. Today’s a great day, because I’ve got the fabulous Jason...