UX Top Articles of the Week

Change and diversity are extremely important when it comes to UX world, you must keep on moving in order to sail smoothly along the digital-world river. In the past week, I read some great articles which relate to different changes you can make in your design as a UXer, and will keep your product awesome:  

1. How to Do Quality UX On a Shoestring Budget

In this article, Joseph Dickerson writes about different hints and tips that may help those who are interested in an experienced UX design, yet struggle with the well-known obstacle of a small budget. Instead of throwing money in redundant places trying to enhance user experience and have better usability, the writer recommends on using affordable, yet helpful ways to do so. Some of the tips he lists include using the different talents in your design-team, performing a “Guerrilla Usability Testing” on your friends and family in order to get feedback, or using different online tools that may point out the flaws in your design. I found this article important and useful, mostly because of the down-to-earth approach and the solutions given to UX designers who do not necessarily have a big-budget.  

2. 11 Tweet-Sized UX Tips from User Experience Pros

Spencer Lanoue lists in the following article 11 short tips from UX professionals, mostly, because he is familiar with the fact that learning your way through different guides on the internet in order to learn about UX is pretty tricky. Inside the list you may find different kinds of useful tips, for example: pay attention to finding solutions for the pain points of your design, observe people’s behavior, put yourself in your user’s shoes, etc.  What I liked about this article is the use of very short and effective tips, which stress the fact that when it comes to UX, less is definitely more.

3. 5 Ways UX Matters in Everyday Life

This article by Wolf Becvar shows that providing a great UX can definitely be a challenge for designers, though it must get a high priority when it comes to releasing a new product to the market. He talks about how the quality of a product’s UX can bring either to its success, or downfall, and demonstrates 5 ways on how UX is crucial in everyday life. The writer mentions the importance of keeping in mind the users’ needs and desires, how users don’t notice the design unless it’s bad, and more. What I especially liked about this article is the examples of every-day products he lists alongside the list, like soaps and door handles, which emphasize how good designs is the main key of loving and using a product.    

4. What UX Designers can Learn from Architects

In this article, Ling Lim writes about different qualities which architects own, which, in her opinion, are equally relevant and important to UX designers as well. Ling Lim mentions that UX professional designers should embrace some of the architects’ skills in the early stages of designing a product. Her main conclusions say that like architects, UX designers should also: attempt to understand the product’s context, keeping it simple, and making it fun to use. I found the comparison between the different fields of architecture and UX very eye-opening and refreshing.  

5. 4 UX Habits for Improving Interaction design

Jessica Lowry mentions in her article several useful UX habits in order to improve your product’s interaction design. The interaction designs must include a continuous personal improvement, and according to the writer, this can be developed with different UX habits. She mentions the different habits along with visual examples from different websites, when the bottom line of this article is to realize your product is just one touchpoint among a wide costumer journey, and not the only one. This article reminds to product designers a fact they tend to forget – their product is not the center of its user’s world, but in blends within it.’  

6. 3 UX Analysis Methods You Need to Know

In this article, we list 3 UX analysis methods a UX designer must know, in order to improve the interaction between machines and humans who use them. The different methods include a visual design perspective, having high level of findability in your product, and increase the interaction level of your design. Using these 3 simple analysis methods can change your UX design completely.      
Megan Wilson is user experience specialist & editor of UX Motel. She is also the Quality Assurance and UX Specialist at WalkMe Megan.w(at)walkme.com