A few weeks ago I attended the Leading Design conference at the Barbican in London. It was an opportunity to hear from some industry leaders and to chat with peers about how they do design. Here are some key lessons that I took away from the conference.
Design principles are a great way to build a shared understanding of what good looks like for a product and service. Find out what design principles are, why you should be using them and how to decide on a set of design principles to follow.
Addicted to technology? Don’t just blame big business, blame designers as well. Find out why you should be focusing on making a positive impact on peoples’ lives, rather than chasing ever greater product usage and how to create products that are more ethically engaging.
“Great designers don’t fall in love with their solution. Great designers fall in love with the problem” – Jared Spool. Find out why every design should start with the problem and how to use problem statements to build a shared understanding of the problem being solved.
There are all sorts of questions that you could be asking when evaluating a design. However, you don’t need 20 questions, just these 3 simple questions to quickly evaluate a design and identify some potential improvements.
Exploratory UX testing sessions are a great way to quickly evaluate the UX of a product (or early design), to identify potential usability issues and to get teams thinking from a user’s perspective. Find out how to run an exploratory UX testing session with your team.
Get more done in less time. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But what if I told you that by using the power of UX life hacks – invaluable hints, tips and tricks for working smarter, you can! Find out how to work smarter with over 150 UX life hacks covering design, research, workshops, work management and more.
Imagine if at the start of every new project, you had to forget everything that you know about customers within that domain. It would be a crazy way to work and yet many teams do just this. Find out how a customer insights repository can help you to avoid this craziness and how to build one using free tools such as airtable and Reframer.
UX Cambridge is a community-drive conference in the heart of Cambridge. I had the opportunity to attend this year and went along to lots of great talks, workshops and tutorials. Find out the key lessons I learnt from this year’s conference.
A competitor review can not only provide design inspiration, it can provide an insight into the user’s mental model and the range of alternative products and services open to them. Find out how to run competitor reviews with these hints, tips and guidelines.