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The Evolution of Research

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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. 

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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If you’re a tech-led company, chances are you’re experiencing growth at an incredible rate these days. Are you hiring in a way that’s going to strategically improve your products and services? Is there a cohesive experience for your customers across touch points? Are you pausing long enough to ensure that all the late nights, pressure, and quick feature releases are actually working? Or is your organization operating as the proverbial chicken with its head cut-off?

Growing Pains of the Booming Tech Industry
  • Although there are immense opportunities for tech companies to grow nowadays, many experience four types of challenges.
  • Typical growing pains concern the management of multiple digital products simultaneously, team composition, releases frequency, lack of UX research.
  • The solutions range from creating guiding experience principles to investing more in UX research.
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Great products aren’t magically conceived. They’re molded over time by observing and understanding people in order to identify core needs and thoughtfully solve for them.

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