design research

#189 Contrasting design worlds with Namrata Mehta

This podcast is episode 3 of 5 recorded at From Business To Buttons 2018

Namrata Mehta is a design researcher and innovation consultant, focused on bringing user-centered approaches to public service delivery in emerging economy contexts. We talk to Namrata about the challenges of working with UX within the context of a country with vast social inequality.
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#170 Discovery with Dan Brown

This podcast is episode 4 of 7 recorded at EuroIA 2017

We need to ask the big hard questions at the beginning of the process so we can make good design decisions later. We talk to Dan Brown about the discovery phase or perhaps as Dan suggests the discovery mindset.

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#141 The death of web design

Episode 141 is a link show. James and Per discuss three articles that have grabbed their attention.

The first article has the title Is web design dead in 2016? Marcus Bransbury suggests that web design is shifting focus from aesthetics to user experience. The death of web design, or perhaps it’s the birth of design standards?

Article two is Usability Testing of Inline Form Validation: 40% Don’t Have It, 20% Get It Wrong. Based bench-marking of 50 e-commerce sites, Christian Holst writes that in-line validation has seen rapid adoption during the past 4 years, but many sites are implementing it badly.

Our third article is Chatbots: Your Ultimate Prototyping Tool by David Boardman and Sera Koo. They walk us through three case studies using SMS and conversations (through fake chatbots) as a prototyping and research tool.

(Listening time: 31 minutes)

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#97 James & Per & Joe peel onions

We talk to Joe Leech about psychology for designers and bullshit science. We debunk some myths and “rules” that come across as truths.

How do you construct an argument with facts rather than fiction? How do we validate our data inputs and build confidence in our designs and decisions?

We get into the ethics of both research and design patterns as well as testing hypothesis and “the scientific method”. Are you going to freak your organisation out? We’re always looking for a quick fix, but it really isn’t that easy.

(Listening time: 41 minutes)

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#71 James & Per & Jens gather insights

James and Per are joined in this episode by Jens Wedin to talk about design research. When should you do research? Why should you do it? How should you do it? How much is enough? Our discussion also goes into ways of working as a UX practitioner and we share a fair few tips. How do you move away from the wireframes business and become more of a UX-coach?

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