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We should never work on assumptions but we definitely should work with assumptions.

Working with assumptions
  • Although decisions in UX design shouldn’t be based on assumptions, it’s important to use generalizations to prioritize effectively.
  • An example of a useful tool based on assumptions is poker planning – a technique aimed at estimating work and avoiding anchoring to one guess.
Discussing and working with assumptions can benefit the whole team, help to set realistic expectations and mitigate the risks for further work. Read the full article to learn about how to deal with assumptions in UX design.
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How We Listened to Our Users and Made a Better Product

Users may know their needs and problems but it can be difficult to articulate them. In this article, the author provides a brief exploration of some approaches that might be helpful.

  1. Analysing users’ behaviour and their interaction with the product.
  2. Talking to users
  3. Collecting feedback and conducting A/B testing to iterate from ideas.

Read the full article to learn how the founders at Ludwig used this approach on their product.

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Questions to get the most value out of your internal or external design teams.

Design Killer, Killer Design
  • Critique is a vital component of the design process as it enables improvement. However, it has to be well-thought-through to be beneficial for the design process.
  • 3 key questions might help to provide constructive feedback: What is the purpose behind the design? Are the design principles respected? Is there a visual hierarchy of elements/information?

Read the full article to learn a helpful method for and some key ingredients for design critiques.

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A few tips by a UX researcher on how to make the utmost of remote interviews

6 Reasons Why Remote Interview Session is Hard to Execute: a reflection by a frustrated, screen-fatigue user researcher
  • In the past year, UX researchers encountered numerous challenges because of the new shift to remote work.
  • Some of the major issues consisted in recruiting respondents, online ghosting, unstable internet connection, and misunderstandings, among others.
  • Gaining some additional data beyond the interview, or repetitively communicating your question might prevent some of the problems and allow to run the interview efficiently for both sides.

Read the full article for perspective from a UX researcher on six relatable struggles of remote interview sessions and ideas on how to solve them.

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How default settings are essential to providing better customer experience and diminish users’ decision fatigue.

The UX of default settings in a product
  • Default settings play a much bigger role in our experience with products than we may realize.
  • Learning how to use new products might be strenuous and this is often aggravated by decision fatigue experienced by users.
  • By providing pre-selected values default settings ease customers experience and eliminate the inconvenience of wasting time on selecting all the preferences autonomously

Read the full article to learn more about how to design for default settings.

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