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useful user personas

How to conduct research for useful user personas

When executed correctly, Personas can offer a valuable insight into your product’s requirements, outline the behavioural patterns of your users and in some cases even change the trajectory of a project. In this two-part series we explore the process we recently used at UX Connections to create useful user personas for a multinational client. “Having gone out into the wide world to understand your users’ lives, motivations and environment, a…

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What can Reddit users teach us about good UX design?

Do on-screen volume controls need an update? Over the month of June, Reddit users over at r/ProgrammerHumor have been competing to reimagine volume controls. Witty, delightful and often infuriating, they’ve invented the most un-user-friendly volume controls ever to grace a screen.   So what can we learn from these whimsical designs? Is the volume slider due an update? Industrial designer Dieter Rams came up with the 10 commandments of good…

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Can Snap Inc’s Spectacles avoid Google Glass’s fate?

Lara Williams, Editor-at-large What makes Snap Inc’s Spectacles different to Google’s attempt at smart glasses? Snap Inc. may have had high-brow techies scoffing when they first announced their foray into hardware last year, but after taking home three gold medals for design and a bronze for UX interface at Cannes Lions 2017, perhaps it’s time to start taking them seriously. This month, Snap Inc’s Spectacles were released in the UK.…

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The Future will be Ethical. Or won’t be.

lire en francais Last week, UX Connections went to Amsterdam to attend the 12th edition of a conference organised each year by The Next Web. Most important hub in europe in terms of new technologies, this event attracts a wide diversity of players and enthusiasts. Startups, investors, theoreticians and major figures of the industry join together to discuss and draw up the picture of the technological world we live in. And to…

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Taking UX Connections Abroad!

A look back on our trip in Amsterdam Day 0 At 4PM I left my desk to catch my flight from Heathrow. Meeting with the rest of the team (Chris, Claire, Hayley & Liza) on the way there, our excitement slowly built up as we moved from station to station on the underground tube. Arriving at the airport we quickly passed all our checks, had a meal and began the…

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Key flaw in the new Macbook user experience

The key flaw behind the latest Apple Macbook user experience

Apple have produced some of the most iconic designs of the past 20 years, and their UX teams generally produce fantastic experiences. However, the latest Macbook release has revealed one key flaw which shows: Maybe user experience isn’t any longer Apple’s top priority? The Golden Rule of UX — “Always Design For The Context Of Use.” This is soon to be a conversation you will hear in libraries, offices and workspaces around…

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5 Great Books for New UX-ers

5 great books for the new UX-er

We’re big readers here at UX Connections. You may have noticed from our twitter feed that we’re constantly sharing snippets of information, discussion and insight from around the online UX community. However, sometimes, nothing beats a good old fashioned paperback! So, Tom has decided to share 5 of his favourite books which have helped shape his approach to design and user experience.     About Face  3 By Alan Cooper…

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