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Tips on how to design for the blind.

Design for the Blind

The author explains how to design for people using Assistive Technologies and offers 5 tips.

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Technology dependency, a shortening of the attention span and the overwhelming feeling of being always on in todays society are some of the matters we need to solve in our relationship with the Internet. We are here to create valuable, relevant experiences and it seems that it is more needed than ever.

How Good User Experience Design Can Help to Solve Some of the Most Troubling Matters in Our Relationship with the Internet
  • The Internet has helped us advance significantly in various directions but it also shortened our attention span and gave us the overwhelming feeling of being always on.
  • The author brings up the problem of the Internet impact on people’s lives and believes bad design to be the reason.
  • The author considers Netflix losing subscribers and Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi not getting the expected iMDB score good examples of bad UX design.
  • The problem of being overwhelmed, dependent on technology and even bigger problems like the depression it can cause can be solved by focussing on good user experience design.
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People’s autonomy is in their capacities not in their impairments. Learn how human-centred helps understand how capacities, capabilities and autonomy interact.

Human-Centered Prototyping Starts With Respect For Human Capacities
  • The authors gives his 3-step human-centered prototype model to understand how capacities, capabilities and autonomy interact:

    • Research Capacities
    • Consider Capabilities
    • Build prototypes
  • Researching capacities leads to recognizing the diversity of solutions that come from personal divergence.

  • Reviewing capabilities means looking at what tools/services/communities/assets work successfully to achieve desired outcomes.

  • While building prototypes, it is important to keep the sense of independence and individuality for users.

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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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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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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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