The May event for the LA UX MeetUp is confirmed. Nate Bolt, El Presidente of Bolt|Peters will be joining us to talk about his new book Remote Research. Nate has overseen hundreds of remote user research studies for Sony, Oracle, HP, Greenpeace, Electronic Arts, and others. Beginning in 2003, he led the creation of the first moderated remote user research software, Ethnio, which is being used around the world to recruit hundreds of thousands of live participants for research.
I was fairly intrigued by this little bit burried in a thread about the lack of employment opportunities for junior UX folk.
"Along with that, I would encourage you to broaden your search beyond
pure UX roles. BA roles, product manager roles and other roles in
technology, experience delivery, or an industry of interest can be a
great platform of experience on which to biuild a career."
I'm curious if anybody can expand on this. A few specific questions to get the ball rolling:
Come hang with us in San Francisco or attend remotely on May 6th from 9am - 4:30pm PST. We're holding our third Escape The Lab workshop on remote UX research methods and tools. You get hands-on training with the latest moderated and un-moderated remote UX research tools. We're the crazy authors of the new Rosenfeld book, Remote Research.
There is a "magic place" that exists between user research
(speaking with your users & stakeholders), taking all that goodness
and designing the product with that in mind and speaking to it.
Often, user research can fall into a chasm because there is no up
front thought put into how it can translate into the design.
So what has worked well for you?
* How do you translate findings from user research into design?
* What do you plan for up front in your user research to help
communicate your design?
* What do you use to tell a story around and to the design?
Does anyone have any favorite examples of corporations who do a good
job of presenting a broad and diverse product set on their
public-facing web site? I'm particularly interested in techniques to
get their audience to desired content, using innovations such as
showing bundled solutions by client segment or location (or both).
We are looking for vendors to conduct international usability studies in the UK, France and Germany with in-country participants and moderators who speak the language. Has anyone used a vendor and been happy with the service and results that they have received? Please let me know about the name of the vendor and the contact information.
So, yesterday I asked what your favorite methods for rapid research
were. Nobody responded. Does that mean that no one here is using
research to inform your designs? Are you guys all just winging it?
Do you just skip the research phase if your client tells you "we don't
have time."? I realize this group is geared more towards design or
organizing information, but how do you inform your decisions? Have we
gotten so complacent that we just go with our gut or based on our past
I know that members on this list are dubious about using personas in
the design process.
Here's a nice, solid research paper by Frank Long at NCAD in Dublin
that shows how they can improve team dynamics:
> Real or imaginary: The effectiveness of using personas in the > product design process. > > As you know, the use of personas as a method for communicating user > requirements in collaborative design environments is well > established.