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Learn ways user experience research can help build responsible AI applications.

Article by Celine Lenoble
How User Experience Research (UXR) Cam Help Build Responsible AI Applications
  • UXR reveals the myriad of intended and unintended effects of apps on people’s life — and help build more ethical AI
  • The author talks about:
    • How to assess the impact of ML-apps on users and meet AI ethical standards?
    • Ethics in AI
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How User Experience Research (UXR) Can Help Build Responsible AI Applications?

With ML facing so many users, there is a case to approach the conception and design of ML-powered applications from a UX research perspective. Read more to find out.

Article by Celine Lenoble
How Can User Experience Research (UXR) Help Build Users Trust in AI Systems and Increase Engagement?
  • The article covers the conception and design of ML-powered applications from a UX research perspective.
  • The author unpacks the following ideas:
    • Machine Learning and Real Users
    • Machine Learning and The Theory of Machine
    • Mental Models and User Engagement with Machine Learning Apps
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How Can User Experience Research (UXR) Help Build Users Trust in AI Systems And Increase Engagement?

Tips on how to champion HCD and design research to stakeholders and get them on board with all of your UX processes.

Article by Sara Fortier
How to Champion HCD and Design Research to Stakeholders
  • The article covers:
    • The importance of stakeholder management
    • Challenges to overcome with research resisters
    • Common objections to doing user research and how to respond
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How to Champion HCD and Design Research to Stakeholders

Process notes of creating an online magazine for a female professional.

Article by Jennifer ODonnell
Nova: A Modern Publication for the Sexy Nerd
  • The article covers the creation of an online magazine,“NOVA” — a publication focused on spicing up the life of female professionals.
  • The author shares process notes and perspective from each of the project phases:
    • Research (qualitative research, competitor analysis, interviews, quantitate research)
    • Card Sorting
    • LOW-FI (wire framing)
    • MID-FI (edits)
    • Branding (colors, font, voice&tone, mood board)
    • Hi-Fi
  • Lessons and learnings from the project:
    • Mind spacing, especially margins
    • Balance between creativity and function in every design
    • Know when enough is enough
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NOVA: A Modern Publication for the Sexy Nerd | Jennifer O’Donnell

While methods and processes remain important, what is essential for changing how we design is having a commitment to an objective, a mindset, a motivation that can help us reflect on and critique how we do our work. 3 big critiques of commonly held assumptions that drive the design process and the corresponding mindset shifts that are emerging around these critiques. 

Article by Gabriel Mugar
The Future of Expertise in Design: Reimagining How I Show Up as an Expert in the Design Process
  • While methods and processes remain important, what is essential for changing how we design is having a commitment to an objective, a mindset, and a motivation that can help us reflect on and critique how we do our work.
  • Assumptions for expertise in design:
    1. Design impact is the value exchange with the people we learn from in research.
    2. Co-design gives people agency in the design process
    3. A beginners’ mindset helps us see challenges with fresh eyes
  • The author explores three shifts that make him reimagine how he shows up as an expert and decision maker:
    • Shift #1: Go from transactional to mutually beneficial engagement in research.
    • Shift #2: Move from gathering participant feedback to being participant-guided.
    • Shift #3: Instead of focusing on people, focus on people in systems.
  • Сommunity-led design methods give designers an opportunity to reimagine how their expertise and skills can be more meaningful.
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Imagine a situation — you fancy a night out, so you do your hair or makeup, carefully take the time to pick out the best clothes for the occasion or put some perfume on, and then, instead of heading out, you just stand in your own hall, at the front door the whole night. This is your research without properly sharing the findings. You did all the preparations and all the work but the impact is not there.

Article by Adela Svoboda
9 Things You Can Do to Make User Research Stick
  • The author shares the story about how she started working on new personas for her product and how user research helped her along the way.

  • The author believes that just “having” the research findings doesn’t really mean anything — we have to make some effort ****to let the research findings sink in properly and support adoption across the whole company.

  • Here are 9 tips on how you can share any of your research findings:

    1. Be concise and clear

    2. Co-create

    3. Make the findings easy to take in

    4. Create different artefacts

    5. Test the findings

    6. Quiz and games

    7. (Over)communicate

    8. Top-down approach

    9. Forget about on-site only

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9 things you can do to make user research stick

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