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Comprises multiple methods for gaining insight into user needs and behaviours from real end users.

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UX Researcher Hiring Challenge Ideas

We are hiring a Senior UX Researcher to join our team and I have been given the task of coming up with a design challenge/task that the candidate will have to do at the third stage. The idea is to ...
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"Best Practices" vs. user research

I have been hearing and seeing "using best practices" as an alternative for not doing research and/or justifying tight deadlines imposed on UX practitioners. This excuse is used especially ...
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Floating action button with two similar functions on different pages

We are designing an app and want to use a floating action button (FAB) in order to add an item to our list. Now this list can be either a "task" or a "reward" depending on what ...
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User Research Estimation

What are the units/factors you take into account when estimating or scoping your user research? Other than the business domain's complexity, remote/in-person research and the difficulty of participant ...
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Solutions disguised as problem statements

As UX professionals, especially in enterprise settings, we are excluded from the problem exploration and we are given solutions instead. At that point, we start our process from the middle. Depending ...
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Better Product Navigation on POS for visually impaired

My company has designed and developed websites that need to be AA compliant for visually impaired users. However, we have a new project designing a Point of Sale application for a brick and morter ...
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Good design or bad testing?

If you are testing a simple design, should you be concerned if all results come back successful? The tested page has only three CTAs. To rule out the possibility that the participant only clicked on ...
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How to downscale the scope of startup who assumes full product as a MVP

I'm working as a hybrid designer with this company. I do UX/UI/IA/Research etc. Of course, it's too much for one person but they don't need more than one cook at the kitchen while they're setting up ...
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How to recruit research participants on a volunteer basis?

Startup problems. My company is hoping to build a community of research participants who are willing to lend their time without compensation. I've communicated with them that this approach might not ...
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The user study methods for mobile and web application testing

A mobile version of the website facilitates ubiquitous access to the service, but it seems to me that there are some differences in user needs between the mobile and desktop versions. I conclude the ...
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Is preparing workflow/ userflow also part of information architecture?

When we have too much information, we need to organize it by helping with some IA methods (e.g. Location, Alphabetical, Time, Category, Hierarchy and for some cases Process as well). So, in the same ...
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Should I ever ask what participants in a usability study what they thought about me as a moderator? (New to usability testing!)

I'm excited and pretty new to the Usability testing part of product design. I was wondering if it was okay to ask participants what they thought of the moderators tone, questions, etc. during a ...
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How to synthesize with my team after field immersion with our users?

For context, we launched an app to a hospital unit. We immersed ourselves in their environment, help answer questions and troubleshoot any technical issues for a whole week. What would be the best way ...
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How do I test the perceived quality of my SAAS product?

I have a question about how to evaluate our B2B product; we want to understand what would be the best way to assess the quality perceived by those who are using the product on a daily basis. The most ...
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Research methods for improving onboarding

I am doing research on improving onboarding process of a SaaS product. Can you recommend a methodology and researches for this kind of work? I plan to do data analysis, heatmaps, video sessions ...
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Incentive to recruit B2B customers for generative interviews [closed]

Together with my team need to recruit participants to run some generative interviews, 15 in total. We have a customer base, but we're not sure if we should offer them an incentive and what kind could ...
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What to report when conducting a usability testing with a small sample (5 participants)?

We are going to conduct a usability testing with a small sample (5 participants) as part of an iterative design process meaning we understand that the whole idea of 5 participants is to gather ...
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Competitive audit

I am trying to conduct a competitive audit for a project I am working on. I would like to find competitors for a bus seat reservation app, but the country where the app will be shipped doesn't have ...
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How to find out why a website is performing badly on Android phones?

We have an ecommerce website that constantly performs worse in Android web browsers. Click-through rate, conversion, are all significantly lower than iOS device browsers. How would one start to check ...
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Can we conduct Interviews + Usability Tests in the same session? Let's say 30min + 30 mins each

We're about to launch our MVP and as the sole designer of the team, I know we will have some usability issues. Besides, I want to know if the product is a market fit because the main members of the ...
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Ux with no budget or time, how? [duplicate]

My job is a small web agency and our boss negotiates and offers UX services. The job consists on producing research, analysis, user journey and personas sometimes in a week or two. I know this is very ...
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Is it ok to change the wording in the scenario in user testing?

I believe the wording in one of the scenarios of my user test might be mis-leading the participant to click somewhere else on my prototype. I have already tested two participants and this is what ...
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How do I test if merging two websites is a good idea?

Client wants to merge two of his websites; one is into retail and the other export. Two distinct audiences no doubt. My bias tells me it isn't good to but I want to be sure. What do I test with? Does ...
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Exploratory user research: how to do it and exploit it efficiently?

Really need your advice and thoughts here. I'm working on user / market research for a mobile self-help app which helps users self-diagnose their mental wellness and seek external help if they need. ...
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Example of personas that cater for and are expected to evolve over time

Are there examples of personas that are designed specifically to cater for users whose traits and behaviours are expected to evolve over time as opposed to being static? One scenario that I can think ...
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How could I recruit neurodiverse participants on a user testing platform?

I already test designs for accessibility with users of screen readers, magnifiers and switch navigation. We recruit for this through a platform called Fable, which is specific to testers who use ...
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Design Researcher or UX researcher?

I noticed in linkedin last week that many people are referring themselves as "Design researchers" instead of "UX researchers". I was researching and reading articles to see if ...
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What do you call your company's initiative to get feedback from end users?

IBM has its 'Sponsor User Program' and I've heard terms like 'Voice of the Customer' used before, but is there a standard term for this type of initiative? I'm not asking how such a program works. I ...
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Instructional overlays (feature tour) for formative usability tests?

I'm a UXer in a little software agency and we are currently redesigning a large and quite complex software with lots of features etc. By now we have developed an MVP that covers a part of the entire ...
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Card sorting exercise for a complex platform that is more focused on actions than information

I am working on a platform that has very repetitive information but very different actions in different modules. Like: So there are multiple modules with similar clients but different actions module-...
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How do you empathize with users for an ecommerce website?

In design thinking the first stage often revolves around gaining an empathic understanding of the problem we're trying to solve for our users. With something like a physical product or an app you can ...
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How many problem statements should I create?

I'm learning UX design, I've decided to start my first project and right now and in the define stage. But I've got a doubt. How many problem statements should I create? In the empathize stage I've ...
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Drawing on Mobile with fingers: magnifier or offset from finger location?

We are working on a "remove objects from photos" app, where the users highlight/select a part of an image they want to remove and the app takes care of it. Precision is sort of important ...
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Video learning platform for User Experience Resources

Having recently made a transition from software development & cloud architecture to a purely User Experience Research & Human Factors role I was wondering if there are suggested video ...
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3 participant per study. Is it worth running at all?

Good morning, I plan on running an online shop-along to observe how users interact with our website. I asked for 7 users but the management approved the budget for 6 and wanted to split the 6 into two ...
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How to get insights from a usability test?

I am new in the UX world, as practice I have conducted a usability test, but I am having problems when identifying insights. I have used an Affinity Diagram to organize my observations and come un ...
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Want to redesign an app but can't find its users

There's an app I am really interested in. It's an app about rural journalism. In India we don't have news channels covering the issues of rural areas (well they do cover but it's not enough). The app ...
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Journey Mapping Project best practices

Looking for suggestions on process best practices: In order to understand how clients (e.g. insurance carriers) subscribe to services from a particular company, I need to create a journey map to ...
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Building my UX Portfolio - Where to find Users to Interview?

I have been interested about a career in UX/UI for a long time and even had a chat with some working UX professionals about their jobs previously. It really sounds like the way to go for me. So ...
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UX Research during pandemic [closed]

This is more of a curious question for UX researchers that has been in my mind lately: how are you handling UX research during the pandemic? Because there are some in-person studies like observation ...
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how to contact users of an app to do user research

I want to do a case study on a app but I am feeling bit stuck with the user research. Actually I want to do user research but I can't really find the users of that app. I tried to contact the users ...
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How many participants for a survey when you don't know the total population?

I have been using a sample size calculator to know how many participants I should have to have a sample and results that are representative for my total population. But what if we don't know the total ...
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How to prioritize user journeys and stories

I just walked into my first big UX project. I have developed personas and am now in the process of starting the development of user journeys and user stories. I have developed a primary persona and a ...
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I've heard of tagging insights, but what do you think of tagging questions?

My team is kicking off a new project and we're still in the discovery phase. We haven't talked to users yet, so we have a lot of questions. I work with learning scientists and research scientists as ...
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How many Empathy maps do I need to make?

I am currently working on a project. I took interviews of 10 people so far and created one user persona based on those ten people. Now question is, how many empathy maps am I allow to create? do I ...
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Gap between research and design

In his book, About Face, Alan Cooper uses term research-design gap when he speaks about the gap between user research and designing phases of user centered design or to be more specific goal directed ...
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Automated Transcription navigation for Videos

To make the User Research a bit leaner i do not fully transcribe interviews but make notes (or a note taker does this). But sometimes i need to jump back to the interview video, just to see that ...
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How to avoid the bandwagon effect on users?

Users in a target audience are likely to experience the bandwagon effect because they rely on others' assessment of information. In some domains [1], it is expected that some users are less likely to ...
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Is UX Research most of the time unnecessary nowadays? [closed]

I got mixed opinions from my colleagues, so I would like your two cents on this. As we know, UX research is a time-consuming step in the UX process. When you work with apps or websites, I believe that ...
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Available research around the use of delimiters (comma's) in large numbers

Is anyone aware of any cognitive/academic research/performance factors around the use of delimiters in larger numbers? And more specifically, the speed at which humans process them? Example with ...
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