UI/UX Articles and Interesting Tidbits of the Week

April//2//2021

Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!

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Impactful quotes on UX Design (Product Design Experiences). Interesting article hailing from the Dribbble blog, focused on quotes from relevant and iconic Personalities, all of whom have had a lasting impression in carving out unique Product Experiences (or thought processes). The Quotes include luminaries such as Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and Alan Cooper to name but a few. These brief quotes, allow us all to reflect on the succinct power of a well directed message and how that same message can have such a profound meaning when crafting Product Experiences. Highlight of the article includes:

— “If we want users to like our software, we should design it to behave like a likable person: respectful, generous, and helpful.” Alan CooperThe best designs should put users first. It should respect a user’s time and intelligence. It should go above and beyond what a user expects from the product. And most of all, the design should help users along their path to their end goal. Do those three things, and you’ll create a delightful user experience.”

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Jobs to Be Done. The Jobs to be Done framework as epitomized by Tony Ulwick (“When [situation], I want to [motivation], so that I [expected outcome]”), has been used across a variety of initiatives and industries. This article hailing from A List Apart, looks at how this process can feed off into more effective Roadmaps, and also harness the spirit of innovation with more quantifiable and tangible outputs. Well worth a read. Highlight of the article includes:

“After understanding the job landscape and defining the value you’re going after, you can continue using JTBD thinking to align teams around the design of your solution. Create a roadmap based on your JTBD landscape to set a common direction. Then use job stories to get everyone on the same page and tie local design efforts to the big picture and to architect the solution structure. JTBD can also guide the experiments you conduct to test your team’s assumptions.”

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SaaS Business Model. Very interesting article from Kate Borisenko on the topic of SaaS software. It’s a detailed view into what these solutions typically entail, the strategy behind them, how Organizations can increase their footprint through them, the different types of SaaS that exist, among many other elements in this ecosystem, which the author has investigated and expands upon. One of the most interesting components of the article is also the analysis the author does from a few well known solutions that exist on the market, including Shopify, Mailchimp and Slack. Well worth a read. Highlight of the article includes:

“SaaS allows you to create and publish new updates all the time. You can deploy multiple product iterations over a short time, and most users won’t have issues with it. Upgrading on-premises, on the other hand, is a pain in the neck — the update could be too big, and users are often skeptical. Often, you can’t improve your own tool because users refuse to install new versions. SaaS gives you freedom over your product’s quality and positioning. You can upgrade functionality, change the interface, introduce new features and niches, and pivot any time. Delivering a better product to your users is a lot easier when you have control over the network — and with Cloud computing, you do.”

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