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The “designer’s gaze” has a huge impact on users’ perception — the way designers view and translate the world can have both intended and unintended consequences.

The Designer’s Gaze

• Now designers start adopting a very particular perspective, referred to as the designer’s gaze, through which they begin to view their work and the wider world. The author speculates on the concept of the “designer’s gaze” and how much control over users it has.

• We are aware that many of our current issues are a result of the fixes we found for earlier issues. That’s why it’s vital to find a balance between intended and unintended consequences as a designer.

• In order to contribute insights to our work that go beyond those framed by flows and personas, we must seek out opportunities to listen to the world around us. That’s the key to equity design.

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Every UX research method should generate new insights about the people we study and allow us to refine our understanding of the problems our products are trying to solve. Distinguishing “generative” and “evaluative” studies doesn’t always make sense. 

Stop Dividing Generative and Evaluative Research 
  • UX research is a strange thing, being divided into “generative” and “evaluative” studies, the former conducted ideally early in product development, the latter further along in the process.
  • The author shares some ways to expand requests for evaluative research into research with generative insights.
  • Here are some tips that might help you conduct your qualitative research session:
    • Begin by asking users “casual” questions to build rapport.
    • Ask them about their favorite and least favorite parts of their job, to walk me through a typical day.
    • Try to orient the concept test around them.
    • Ask stupid questions when people react to a concept.
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If it looks like a duck…

Conscious AI models?
  • The author uncovers what LaMDA and consciousness are, and how they correlate.
  • While exploring conscious AI models, there are a few things that need to be considered:
    • Conscious Access
    • Reflexive Processing
    • The Question of Reporting
    • Autonomy
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Conscious AI models?

There seems to be a pervasive idea that using systems to help your work will lead to everything being a homogenous, grey, functional, meh experience. But delight is important! So, how can we design our processes to make sure that delight is a key part in what makes your MVPs ‘viable’?

Building Delight in Your Design System
  • The author shares the edited version of the talk about design systems that he delivered to Design Matters in Copenhagen in September, 2022.
  • The author separates and explains the difference between “Deep Delight vs Surface Delight” in design based on the user experience of McDonalds.
  • The author explains the way the Kano model works (Noriaki Kano developed the Kano model back in the 80s that shows that customer loyalty is connected to our emotional responses to product features.
  • There are 5 types of delight according to Microsoft’s categorizations:
    • Playful experiences
    • Attractive experiences
    • Natural experiences
    • Personal experiences
    • Empowered experiences
  • The author gives tips on how to build delight into your system and how to make that delight repeatable by measuring it and not forgetting your (internal) users.
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Building Delight in Your Design System

Conversational AI is the infinitely scalable interface.

Age of Invisible Machines
  • Cobus Greyling shares his take on the new Wall Street Journal bestselling business book, Age of Invisible Machines by Robb Wilson with Josh Tyson
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Age of Invisible Machines

Making a space for healthy conflict in an organization to work through confusion and disagreement.

Creating a Fight Club
  • The author shares ideas that helped him organize better communication within the company he was working at.
  • The author went through the following steps and processes:
    • Setting Topics
    • Choosing a Facilitator
    • Participants
    • The Structure
    • Rules of Engagement
    • Rules of Etiquette
    • Chatham House Rule
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Creating-a-Fight-Club

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