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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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With the start of Covid-19 two years ago, we at ABN AMRO Innovation set up a remote-first UX team from scratch. And guess what? It works! Here’s how we successfully went from zero to a team of seven.

 
The 3 Ingredients You Need to Set Up and Run a Remote-First UX Team
  • This article outlines the three ingredients you need to set up a remote UX team:
    1. Purpose
    2. People
    3. Process
  • Keeping the aspects above in mind can help you to deliver value and create products that people will actually use.
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Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs)
  • Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are interfaces for recording and processing neurological data and turning these data into an output.
  • Neurodata can be directly recorded, e.g., by a BCI, or indirectly recorded, e.g., an individual’s spinal cord.
  • There are particular privacy risks associated with BCIs that might need the following solutions:
    1. Encryption
    2. Local-first software
    3. Separation of data and compute (or edge computing)
    4. Access control layer
    5. Data cooperative
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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.

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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The following manifesto represents my answer to the question — “As a UX or UI, designer, how do I know when and where to implement motion to support usability?”

Creating Usability with Motion: The UX in Motion Manifesto
  • After over fifteen years of studying motion in user interfaces, the author believes that there are 12 specific opportunities to support usability in UX projects using motion.
  • UI Animation is to the ‘12 UX in Motion Principles’ as construction is to architecture.
  • The author unpacks the following 5 ideas that help you understand when and where to implement motion to support usability:
    1. Addressing the topic of UI Animation — it’s not what you think.
    2. Realtime vs non-realtime interactions.
    3. Four ways that motion supports usability (expectation, continuity, narrative, and relationship).
    4. Principles, Techniques, Properties, and Values.
    5. The 12 Principles of UX in Motion (easing, offset&delay, parenting, transformation, value change, masking, overlay, cloning, obscuration, parallax, dimensionality and dolly & zoom).
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Predictions for UX Industry in 2022

The State of UX Design in 2022: What Lies Ahead
  • Grand Studio explores the changes that UX industry is observing in 2022:
    • Better connections with peers, customers, and users
    • Accessibility: creating for everyone, not just the majority
    • Data accumulation and the value of data
    • The importance of data visualization
    • No code technology prospects
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