UIEtips: Becoming a UX Unicorn in 5 Easy Steps

Lately there’s all this talk of UX unicorns. Have you found them? Are you trying to nurture them? Are you hoping to be one? Research shows there’s a strong correlation between UX Unicorns and the UX skills they acquire and hone.  Read about the five ways you can become a UX unicorn. Here’s an excerpt from the article: We call them unicorns because they are supposed to be mythical creatures-something that doesn’t exist in the real world. That’s how the nickname came about. Yet, over the past couple of years, we’ve started meeting people who fit the description of a UX unicorn. They are very real and they are amongst us. We know because we’ve met and studied several dozen of these multi-skilled designers over the past two years. Where do you begin to develop these skills? Well, one resource is UIE’s All You Can Learn, a library of all things UX. Just create your account, and over 160 seminars will be at your fingertips. Read the article Becoming a UX Unicorn in 5 Easy Steps. How do you branch out beyond your existing core skills? Tell us about it...

UIEtips: Why Lean UX?

In today’s UIEtips, we reprint an article on the debate and discussion surrounding Lean UX. Some have seen it as a condemnation of extensive documentation while others have said it’s a rebranding of techniques they’ve been practicing for years. In this excerpt from Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience, authors Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden lay out their rationale for why Lean UX is something new and why it’s important now. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Working in software, designers faced new challenges. We had to figure out the grammar of this new medium, and as we did, we saw new specialties such as interaction design and information architecture emerge. But the process by which designers practiced remained largely unchanged. We still designed products in great detail in advance, because we still had to deal with a “manufacturing” process: our work had to be duplicated onto floppy disks and CDs, which were then distributed to market in exactly the same way that physical goods were distributed. The cost of getting it wrong remained high. Read the article Why Lean UX?. If you want a learning-focused process that rallies your entire team around continuous research-and more effective design outcomes-then join us for Josh Seiden’s April 3 virtual seminar, Lean UX: Forming & Testing Hypotheses. How have you implemented Lean UX in your organization?  Tell us about it...

UIE’s All You can Learn, a library of the skills and techniques you need to create great design

When design teams think about their project work, part of that process is identifying skills that the entire team will need, or techniques and abilities that one or more contributor may need to “bump up.”  It’s all here.  You now have at your fingertips an extensive collection of the best thinkers, showing you how to do things new and different—things you can immediately bring to your work. Creating over 160 presentations on all things UX in a library that works well for designers took some time.  But that was absolutely time well spent. We’re excited about All You Can Learn, the topics and experts we’ve gathered for you there, and hope you’ll see it as the resource we intend.   Once you create your account, you’ll have access to content when you need it, with the option to build a watch list for viewing on your schedule.   We’ve got great things planned, both in content we’ll add for you and how All You Can Learn can help you do your job.  We hope you’ll be part of the...

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...

Budgeting for 2014? Keep these events in mind

Are you budgeting for 2014? Do you you have some funds you need to spend before year’s end? Take a look at these incredible UX resources we have lined up for you and your team in the coming year. UX Mobile Immersion Conference April 7–9, 2014 Denver, CO Marriott Denver City Center The best mobile experiences follow users from one place to another no matter what device they use. We’ve assembled six of the top mobile UX experts in the world to show you how to create seamless and delightful experiences for your users. You do not want to miss out on learning from these folks through full-day workshops and one day of talks. Registration for the UXIM conference opens in mid-November and you can save money by registering early. But keep in mind that only 100 spots are available at the $1,389 rate. User Interface 19 Conference October 27–29, 2014 Boston, MA Renaissance Boston Hotel Sure we’re still working on next year’s UI19 topics and speakers for the 2 days of workshops and one day of featured talks but past history tells us workshops often sell out. Secure your spot and the workshops of your choice by registering now and you’ll also get the lowest possible rate of $1,389. That’s $300 off the regular conference price. If you’re interested in registering now, send us an email at events@uie.com, otherwise watch for special announcements in the spring of 2014 about this conference. Upcoming virtual Seminars for 2014 Instead of your team traveling to a training course, you can take advantage of the UIE Virtual Seminar program and hear the...