Articles about Tools & Techniques

Remote Unmoderated Card Sorts: For Free!

Learn step-by-step how you can conduct, interpret, and present the results of remote, unmoderated card sorts, using only free software. [Read More]

Five-Second Rules Help Build a Better Test (Book Review)

A review of The UX Five-Second Rules: Guidelines for User Experience Design’s Simplest Testing Technique by Paul Doncaster. An online, unmoderated method based on human perception. [Read More]

Negotiation: You Already Do It – Now Own It

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Mastering negotiation can lead to both professional and personal gain. User experience professionals need negotiation skills to effectively advocate on behalf of user needs. [Read More]

UX Debt in the Enterprise: A Practical Approach

Designing a scorecard comparing various products across UX frameworks, usability maturity, and technology platforms helps identify solutions that improve products’ usability and lower UX debt. [Read More]

Look at This: A Guide to Interactive Information Visualizations

Stop. War. Peace. Now.

An illustrated look at what makes an effective interactive information visualization, along with principles to assist in creating easy to interpret visual representations of data and the accompanying interactive experiences. [Read More]

Surviving Tricky and Sticky Research Situations (Book Review)

A review of The Moderator’s Survival Guide by Donna Tedesco and Fiona Tranquada. Improve your research moderating skills. [Read More]

Finding Meaning with Ethnography (Book Review)

A review of Practical Ethnography: A Guide to Doing Ethnography in the Private Sector by Sam Ladner. A detailed view of what makes research ‘ethnographic.’ [Read More]

Creating a DoGo Map: A Step-By-Step Guide

A DoGo map is a lightweight tool that provides an overview of a system’s information architecture, enabling clearer communication between UX and the development team. [Read More]

Rewards and Pains: User Research in Brazil

User-centered design can be a challenge in Brazil where the organizational UX maturity level is low. Teams have to overcome management objections to user-centered design and navigate cultural considerations. (Full article available in English and Español) [Read More]

Brainsketching: Collaborative Interaction Design

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Brainsketching is an effective way to collaborate in a rapid sketching exercise in which a group of people create interface concepts by iteratively building on each other’s work. [Read More]

Collaborative Sessions: Combining Analogue and Digital Tools

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The Hybrid Affinity Diagram Manager (HADM) improves the efficiency of gathering, organizing and recording information after a collaborative session by digitalizing hand-written notes in real-time. [Read More]

The Collaboration Success Wizard: How to Improve Your Long-Distance Projects

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Geographically distributed collaborations are challenging, but increasingly common. The Collaboration Success Wizard aims to improve the chances of having a successful project. [Read More]

MadLibs for Designers: Ideating Based on User-Generated Scenarios

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Struggling to generate novel ideas? Try DesignLibs, a design tool that involves potential users filling missing keywords from a scenario. [Read More]