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6 reasons why UX and documentation teams are stronger together

 

When UX writers and technical writers unite, content thrives
  • No matter what position you have, creating successful end-to-end product solutions can’t happen unless you know your product from front to back — and everywhere in between.
  • When UX content designers and technical writers team up, they access superpowers like:
    • Linking to supplemental resources seamlessly within any interface.
    • Infusing our content with in-depth product awareness.
    • Unifying language across product user interfaces and the resources that document them.
    • Gaining valuable UX feedback upfront.
    • Clarifying product functionality (and writing new features understandably the first time).
    • Demonstrating the value of seamless content design.
  • Collaborating with technical writers aligns UX and empowers them to dive deeper.
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When UX writers and technical writers unite, content thrives

Walk through the process of designing for hierarchy and learn its main challenges.

Case study: Category hierarchy
  • Since choosing categories while filtering the content out can be complex and monotonous, it’s crucial to provide categories and subcategories in a visually appealing way.
  • Tornike Kurdadze, Flutter Engineer at Netguru, found a solution for the eCommerce app with multi-levels (about 5 of categories)
  • During testing and research, the author found that when creating hierarchical categories, there are several things to keep in mind:
    • Users should be able to see the path of his/her current selection
    • Users should be able to return to the parent or any descendant category easily
    • Child categories should be different from the parent one
    • Users should not have to scroll a lot
    • Users should be able to search with keywords
    • The overall interface should be smooth and intuitive
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What is identity and how to define it?

How humans understand identity
  • This article explores the different aspects of how a typical user understands concepts related to identity.
  • In order to explicitly understand abstract terms like “identity”, Nima Kamoosi**,** Founder at Universal Identity, suggests looking closely at the following points:
    • Definitions (reiteration of the basic terms and concepts)
    • Economic activities and mental models (our mental models have evolved with significant influence from the economic activities that help sustain us and our societies)
    • Multi-identity (a person’s self-identity morphs depending on the context of the social circle or context it is embedded in)
    • Identity as a tool (identity-related artifacts and tools)
  • The ultimate goal of understanding the mental models of typical users is building intuitive identity systems and applications.
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Empathy Building Ain’t Easy If You Do It Right

Stop Bastardizing Design with False Empathy
  • For empathy to be a successful part of design, it can’t just be an external reflection, it must be an internal activity that leads to transformative action.
  • Ovetta Sampson, principal design director at Microsoft, suggests considering 3 levels of empathy:
    1. Cognitive/intellectual empathy – talking to people, writing down what they said and sharing photos and quotes to communicate what they heard.
    2. Emotional empathy – when you feel what people feel, as though their emotions were contagious.
    3. Compassion empathy or empathetic concern – something we should thrive for when building empathy.
  • In order to build empathy in design, you need to decouple your experiences and your mental models associated with those experiences, from the product user.
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What can UX designers learn from stand-up comedians?

Five Lessons Every Experience Designer Сan Learn From Stand-Up Comedians
  • As experience design continues to become more widely adopted and utilized by organizations of every size, experience designers are more likely to find themselves presenting their ideas to stakeholders.
  • Many comedian techniques have special resonance in the realm of experience design.
  • Become a UX comedian by taking these simple steps:
    • Don’t prepare too much content
    • Start with a story
    • Communicate value before asking for an investment
    • Know how and when to improvise
    • Bear in mind that different stakeholders respond to different approaches
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How to redesign an app and what is the purpose of doing a redesign?

How to Redesign an App: When to Do It and What to Start With
  • Kateryna Mayk, a content specialist at a SaaS design agency who writes about UI/UX design, defines the purpose of doing a redesign and helps you know if its time for a redesign.
  • Learn more about common reasons for an app redesign:
    • Outdated aesthetics
    • Negative customer reviews
    • Complex interface
    • Rebranding
  • If you do decide to redesign your application, you should think carefully about how to improve not only the appearance (UI) but also the feel of the application (UX).
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