Category: Interaction Design

5 Must Know Tips If You Want To Avoid Failure In Building An Effective Experience Design (UX) Team.

Mayur Chaudhary - Building UX Team

(The post is based on own experiences and learn from others who manage and build UX teams. Comments are more than welcome.)

Building an effective UX team primarily depends on your vision and personalities that you would like to inculcate within your team to deliver business goals. Many factors effect this, and some of them are the size of an organization, existing structure of the design team and UX maturity within an organization. Non the less a UX team needs diversity and helps deliver any problems that come their way.

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Aesthetic – Usability Effects

While creating “Rethinking User Experience” brand “Aesthetic – Usability Effects” was at top of the mind. Which says:

A visually appealing design is perceived to be easier to use. A phenomenon where a good looking design is perceived as more usable than one that is less appealing, whether or not that is actually the case.

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https://www.facebook.com/rethinkinguserexperience/

Masaaki Kurosu and Kaori Kashimura, researchers at Hitachi in Tokyo, demonstrated the aesthetic-usability effect in their study. Their study measured the difference between the ‘inherent’ usability of a product and its ‘apparent’ usability by asking test participants to rate the beauty and usability of interfaces. It was shown that ‘the user may be strongly affected by the aesthetic aspect of the interface even when they try to evaluate the interface in its functional aspects’.

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Curious Case of Design Portfolio. Dribbble, Behance, Pinterest and more.

And this one I will keep it short but this was required as this is worth sharing…:-)

I have great respect for platforms which keep creative juice alive to deliver great designs. I have been visiting dribbble and Behance lately and there are concerns which are worth discussing:

1. Who should be there?
2. What’s the novelty value?
3. Will they deliver in practicality?

  1. Who should be there?
    These platforms are a great way of presenting your design portfolio (both visual and UI), market them well and reach masses. Most of the portfolio I saw had to do with the sleek and balanced designs which please the eye and were delivering visual satisfaction.
    The problem : After a while, most of them started looking alike and in most cases the presentation and workstation scenes overpowered the actual mockups.
  2. What’s the novelty value?
    Your mockups start reflecting the same design if you start following these platforms religiously. It’s always good to start from something and that’s inspiration but innovating new and fresh from something is an art.
  3. Will they deliver in practicality?
    A design without users in mind and missing conversational language is aesthetically great but it seldom performs. Most of the designs seen are for demonstration purpose and were miles away from users, metrics, and conversion.

I am still a big fan of Dribbble, Behance, Pinterest, Instagram, Deviantart, Coroflot and many others but showcasing your work is always in your hand. I know many who showcase their design via case studies explain designs keeping users besides not aside. Remember it’s WHY, WHO, WHAT, WHERE, and HOW (4W+H rule) that makes your design perfect and makes it shine.

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Hiring UX Designer

Building Design Team (UX) – hiring right brainers.

“When you are hiring people that are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are.”

In today’s competitive work environment, you need sharp minds around and need to be extra smart while hiring user experience professionals. So what to look for while hiring right brainers (User Experience Designers) one who is going to play a significant role in shaping design approach and help achieve business goals.

After interviewing more than 5K designers one thing is clear that every designer is unique in himself. So what works for me is to look for someone who is willing to change, adapt to the environment and follow what’s right. The reason for saying this is because it’s hard to find these brilliant minds with the right approach, moreover filtering from masses is even more challenging. It’s easy to mold growing and adaptive minds, and this has worked as of now. Experience has its advantages, let’s discuss those some other time…:-)

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Mayurchaudhary Blog Persona

Knowing User, Delivering Business Goal: Defining Persona

For any business making a grave mistake of guessing the audience can lead to low sales, poor customer engagement and distancing business from users. So the question arises how do we understand the target audience and that’s where Persona comes into picture.

“Persona is concrete characterization of user profile.” It helps keep users at the heart of UX and UXD team focus on user experience and business goals.

What’s User Persona?
User persona is essentially a quick reference guide to an archetypal user’s habits and needs which is developed from research into users and their behavior. A fictional character (or characters) is created to outline a brief biography, behavioral patterns, goals and objectives on. This helps create empathy with the various stakeholders for the user and help guide the design process throughout. Practically a projects will create somewhere between 3 and 7 user personas. Fewer than 3 personas, and we may not be taking a wide enough view of our users, more than 7 and they become difficult to work with. The “Primary Persona” represents the main target audience and the others then become “Secondary Personas“.

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What Does A User Experience Designer Actually Do?

The title of this post is result of hunt for a basic, genuine and relevant question to begin my journey on medium. During the Interaction with designers and UX professionals from different countries and companies I have concluded that u can’t be successful designer if you lack AdaptabilityLearnability and Agility. Time changes, web is changing even faster and nothing remains concrete. For us to be successful we need to adopt, refine and deliver which works for end consumers.

Now what a User Experience Designers actually do? As per my experience our deliverables are primarily an optimum mix of creativity, science and behaviour pattern that works every time all the time. Some of the learnings:

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Treatise on Designing a Great Experience.

Creating a great user experience is liaison between technology, business,design and a good UX professional should be well versed with all three which results in a usable and workable solution. Knowing the business and providing the solution also clears the internal frictions within teams and helps achieve common goals. I do strongly believe that the days are numbered for those UX professionals well-versed in theory, but lack the supporting skills to execute the desired end result or some greater portion of it through their own means. One needs to be smart enough to adopt to Lean UX and produce a viable product in minimal time.

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UX Design Principles

Collated List of Useful UX and Design Principles.

An interface should be humane; it should be responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties and below rules help achieve them. Wanted to do this for quite some time for my personal reference and for the benefit of my fellow designers. Collated below are useful UX and Design principles which when clubbed with User Requirement, Business Goal andCreativity can deliver splendid results. Do add to this list via comment section.

Hick’s Law
Hick’s law says that with every additional choice increases the time required to take a decision.

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