Earlier this month, myself and colleagues from analytics, user experience and digital product management teams, were privileged to attend a workshop run by David McCandless, the author, writer and designer behind Information is Beautiful. As a user experience researcher, I’m immersed in quantitative and qualitative information about audiences. Analysing and synthesising this into themes and threads comes naturally. However, packaging these stories for stakeholders – … Continue reading Workshops are Beautiful – data visualisation with David McCandless
How I approached discovering search pain points, exploring these, defining potential solutions, and validating them through rapid prototyping, user testing and involving stakeholders frequently and early. The approach we’ve taken may be adapted and I’m sure it could be improved. Methods Background reading Data analysis Stakeholder workshops Rapid prototyping User testing Interviews The challenge Founded in the 30s, our client offers a product range which spans thousands … Continue reading Researching and facilitating rapid prototyping to iteratively make it easier for engineers to browse and search a vast product range
It’s the Oxford Dictionaries Word of The Year. We live in times where data can be cherry picked and shaped like plasticine, to whatever version of reality confirms an ideology. Facts no longer influence public opinion as much as emotions and opinions too. This has implications for information architects and UX researchers, who: define information hierarchies present content – which is factual or otherwise- in … Continue reading How designers might build shared meaning in the post truth era
Being human was the big theme at this year’s UCD 2016. Artificial intelligence was an inevitable undercurrent of this, which related to the search experience research we ve been doing in a number of useful ways. In common with artificial intelligence, search user experience is about curating a massive amount of information in a human driven dialogue. The basis of this relationship is trust. In this … Continue reading Search UX, Artificial intelligence and being human at UCD 2016
There are several elements I appreciate in my current team. These benchmark what I’ll expect in the future, because I’ve seen them bring out the best in the people around us and the work they do. Outwards looking Being outwards looking drives true relevance. One example of this is being able to proactively strike up a dialogue with people in different teams who hold different insights and perspectives. … Continue reading The characteristics of a great UX team (for me).
Reference- Discussing Design, Adam Connor and. Aaron Irizarry, O Reilly, 2015 A few years ago I was asked to host a workshop for a client, who flew in to join us for a review after designs had been drafted. To keep the conversation focussed, I referred to Adam o Connor’s Discussing Design book. This helped me to outline common goals and design a structured, controlled … Continue reading Sketchnotes on giving useful feedback
Thoughts distilled from recent product list user testing , to understand how best to present universal and category attributes on search pages Continue reading Product information principles