Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!
Bad Technology Dominates. Great article from The Fast Company focused on Don Norman’s writings around human behavior and how technology interfaces with it. Highlight of the article includes:
“We must change our mind-set from being technology-centric to become people-centric. Instead of starting with the technology and attempting to make it easy to understand and use, let us take human capabilities, and use the technology to expand our abilities. We need to return to one of the core properties of human-centered design: solve the fundamental issues in people’s lives.”
Importance of Design QA in Product Design. Fantastic article from Jess Eddy, focused on the process of doing Quality Assurance, as part of the design process. This becomes a very important step in assuring the qualitative aspect of what the design team is producing, while simultaneously integrating multiple teams efforts. Highlight of the article includes:
“To elaborate on the last point, as a product team works together, they sometimes run the risk of getting into feature delivery mode and shipping.Teams can lose sight of the bigger picture and attention to detail while trying to close as many tickets as possible before the Sprint ends. As a team races to the end of the Sprint and increases velocity, this may create a scenario where the integrity of the design implementation can fall to the wayside as a “time-saving” measure.”
Tackling a Redesign. Thorough article from The WebDesigner Depot, focused on the steps of achieving a successful redesign process. It provides details on the different steps to achieve a successful redesign, highlighting aspects such as research, product assessment, among many other factors. Highlight:
“Site maps, storyboards, and prototypes should all factor into your process now (if they hadn’t already). These tools give you a chance to tackle the redesign in incremental steps and to check in with the client before moving on. You might even want to think about running A/B tests on the live website to confirm theories you have about problematic elements before implementing anything in the redesign.”