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How To Empower An Organization Through Design?
  • The author believes that the following reasons are why design/branding/marketing agencies end up damaging the image of design as a tool for getting results:
    • Lots of jargon and little to no action at a fundamental level.
    • Large companies with “foolproof” processes.
    • Fake cases and invented touch points
    • Romanticized view of consumers
  • In order to centralize an organization, designers need to map its interdependence relationships and understand how a project can strengthen all sectors in an equal way.
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Feeling like a fraud? Everyone can experience impostor syndrome when trying something new and user researchers aren’t an exception. However, there are ways to ease this feeling and embrace the fear of failure. It’s time we started dealing with impostor syndrome. Let’s find out the ways to do that.

Dealing with Impostor Syndrome as a User Researcher
  • Nikki Anderson-Stanier, Founder at User Research Academy, shares her perspective on:
    • Their definition of imposter syndrome
    • Author’s experience of managing impostor syndrome throughout her career
    • Ways impostor syndrome manifests in user research
  • There are some ways to ease the feeling of being an impostor and embrace the fear of failure:
    • Try a different method or push yourself to present research in a new way.
    • Learn how to take feedback in stride.
    • Own and celebrate your achievements.
    • See yourself as a work-in-progress.
    • If you don’t know, ask for help.
    • Remember you are the expert on this subject.
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The project was to design a platform that educates and supports the wishes of those passing, as well as those who are left to mourn by using the design thinking process model.

YOU GOT THIS: An App Designed to Connect, Educate and Empower People Through Their Loss
  • The author designed a platform to educate and support the wishes of those passing, as well as those who are left to mourn.
  • The challenge was to understand the sensitive process of EOL (End of Life) Care and what individuals need.
  • The author’s idea was to create an app that would:
    • Perform daily check-ins
    • Provide resources
    • Provide tips
    • Connect people
  • The author’s approach to this challenge was based on the design thinking process model.
  • The author of this article unpacks the research process:
    • Qualitative analysis
    • Competitive analysis & industry standards
    • User interviews
    • Ideation
    • Prototyping
  • Key takeaways: 
    • Make MVP a key to staying focused
    • Keep iterating
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YOU GOT THIS: An App Designed to Connect, Educate and Empower People Through Their Loss

UX/CX aren’t what other people think them to be. Learn the truth about UX Evangelism and how the reliance on an approach to workshops, design thinking and empathy might stop you from being a true customer-centered UX/CX professional.

UX and Evangelism: Undoing What’s Undoing UX
  • This article presents two key pieces of advice on how to undo what’s undoing us:
    • Stop relying on an approach to workshops.
    • Look at old and current projects.
  • How do we raise CX and UX maturity?
    • Shift away from making UX look easy.
    • Talk about money and time.
  • How to start undoing what’s undoing us:
    • Stop doing Aspirology workshops
    • Promote different versions of design sprints
    • Get rid of design thinking
  • Great design decisions are all about the knowledge designers can generate through proper research and the actions that we choose to take based on that research.
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The power of secondary research series, II. Secondary research reveals the world in which our current or future users live. Without having a clear view on this system one can end up solving the wrong problems.

A case study: Uncover the user’s world with systems thinking
  • Systems thinking can help scope a secondary research for both scale and depth using a health-tech case study.
  • If UX people don’t have a clear view in this system, they might end up with a shallow understanding of user challenges that can lead us to solving the wrong problems.
  • Xenia Avezov, User researcher & Insight Leader, gives a few examples of applying systems thinking to the case study:
    • System 1: The health care system
    • System 2: The patient’s system biology
  • It’s essential to be able to find the right product goal that depends not only on your knowledge of patients’ attitudes and behaviors but also on a clear view of the worlds that affect your users.
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Historically, the values of gender-caste-based minority have been systematically excluded from even being tallied, resulting in gender-biased or gender-invisible prior statistics.

AI is getting better and better — at being biased.
  • The values of gender-caste-based minority have been systematically excluded from even being tallied, resulting in gender-biased or gender-invisible prior statistics.
  • Data scientists have said that there are two main ways that AI perpetuates gender bias: one is caused by Algorithmic and design flaws and the other is the reinforcement of gender stereotypes through new digital products that project a technological gender.
  • Paula Stenholm, a user experience designer at Ellos Group, gives a lot of reasons why datasets are skewed:
    • Real world patterns of health inequality and discrimination
    • Discriminatory data
    • Application injustices
    • Biased AI design and deployment practices
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