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  • Khal Weir
    Mar 02 nevver Math Reblogged from nevver 1 957 notes Permalink Posted at 7 56 AM Jan 24 Communicating the value of Design Research The days of competing on price or features is over Prices can be beaten features copied To truly stand your product must be well designed and offer a rewarding experience Not all companies fully grasp the importance of design yet Sure they hire some designers and throw around terms like UCD and UX but more than often it is without understanding Working at one of these companies can be frustrating you feel you re there as a wireframe monkey or simply as a geek that can draw to prop up and impress potential clients This lack of understanding isn t the fault of our client or colleagues however it is ours As designers we need to pitch the benefits of design effectively and build this understanding As you re reading this chances are you ll know that design research is critical to the success of a project Sadly this relatively new approach is difficult to communicate especially in a company or industry where it s benefits are yet to be widely proven It is time consuming and the output is minimal and deceptively simple looking building a set of three A4 sized personas could take months of multifaceted research Often the faster horse story or the fallacy that Apple don t do user research is used as an argument against design research You ll face blank faces when you suggest a persona project or ethnographic study and you won t get budget or time to conduct the research you want to do So what can you do Designers are passionate about their work but are generally meek and vastly outnumbered by project managers developers sales and stakeholders We need to share this passion for design and our vision for crafting a great experience with the rest of the company Get the client or team involved This is my favourite technique and can be very effective If your process is visible it can be better understood Invite stakeholders to design studios and persona building sessions Get a sketchboard going on the wall have the team play with paper prototypes perform user testing sessions with every department Use their language Every department has their own language spend time listening and get to know their lingo Stakeholders seek ROI Marketing want engagement developers understand processes Know your audience and when explaining a design or concept use their own terminology and jargon Outside of our little circle design speak sounds wooly and wanky so let s keep it to ourselves k Use appropriate tools to communicate Your client may roll their eyes at a persona but love a video sketch Again this comes down to knowing your audience and presenting your work in a way it will be best understood Experiment with different methods until you find something that clicks Most importantly even if insufficient time or budget has been

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Memories vs Experience
    twice what you d planned to but before you leave you treat yourself to an ice cream Once you get home and you ve made all your new furniture chances are your overall impression of the experience is favourable This is due to the strategically placed points where Ikea s store designers hope to trigger positive emotions We remember the high and low points and our overall impression of an experience is affected by their serverity and position along the experience s duration This can be explained by how our brain works it s pretty lazy When asked about our trip effort is required to fully evaluate the experience so instead we use our memories as a heuristic If we have a fond memory of eating ice cream or recall the feeling of finding a bargain then it is more likely we ll respond that the trip was great We value memories over experiences this explains why every gig is now a sea of glowing rectangles as fans frantically try and capture as many memories as they can I m interested in ways I can use this difference in my work When designing a process like a checkout can it

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/27426352834/memories-vs-experience (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - The pre-digital generation
    for the first time the sense of ownership and single tasking these out dated formats afforded The shift from paper to ebooks vinyl and CDs being replaced with streaming and MP3s creates a conflict within us We simultaneously appreciate their convenience while we lament the loss of experience Is there an opportunity to create a hybrid format or device Something that pairs the power and convenience technology with a lost

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/21856969079/the-pre-digital-generation (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - nevver: Math
    from everydayepiphanies endge reblogged this from nevver thecomedyofmenace liked this fluorescentbeigedreamer reblogged this from nevver joetower reblogged this from nevver dermoosealini reblogged this from fortytwoquestion pegateuntiro liked this tedward the cloudman liked this fortytwoquestion reblogged this from nevver fortytwoquestion liked this toito liked this luckynerd reblogged this from claudiasampedro blog blog and added Reblogged via Stumblr xtravybrutalx blog blog liked this iwastold reblogged this from helivesfortoday andrewcastillo2 reblogged this from

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/18599152236/nevver-math (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Communicating the value of Design Research
    you ll know that design research is critical to the success of a project Sadly this relatively new approach is difficult to communicate especially in a company or industry where it s benefits are yet to be widely proven It is time consuming and the output is minimal and deceptively simple looking building a set of three A4 sized personas could take months of multifaceted research Often the faster horse story or the fallacy that Apple don t do user research is used as an argument against design research You ll face blank faces when you suggest a persona project or ethnographic study and you won t get budget or time to conduct the research you want to do So what can you do Designers are passionate about their work but are generally meek and vastly outnumbered by project managers developers sales and stakeholders We need to share this passion for design and our vision for crafting a great experience with the rest of the company Get the client or team involved This is my favourite technique and can be very effective If your process is visible it can be better understood Invite stakeholders to design studios and persona building sessions Get a sketchboard going on the wall have the team play with paper prototypes perform user testing sessions with every department Use their language Every department has their own language spend time listening and get to know their lingo Stakeholders seek ROI Marketing want engagement developers understand processes Know your audience and when explaining a design or concept use their own terminology and jargon Outside of our little circle design speak sounds wooly and wanky so let s keep it to ourselves k Use appropriate tools to communicate Your client may roll their eyes at a persona but love

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/16420202043/communicating-the-value-of-design-research (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more...
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    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/14319551420/take-the-risk-of-thinking-for-yourself-much-more (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - Creative workers are not motivated by money,...
    by money directed by authority or impressed by status Alan Cooper via mralancooper Reblogged from mralancooper 2 notes Permalink Posted at 8 26 PM Notes khalblog reblogged this from mralancooper darrengeraghty liked this mralancooper posted this View the discussion thread

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/14319539043/creative-workers-are-not-motivated-by-money (2016-04-26)
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  • Khal Weir - The language of UX
    field Nor does their use help our reputation of being pretentious douchebags within some circles Sure buzzwords are handy shorthand for complex concepts but are dangerous when not understood watch a Web Developer respond to the term Web 2 0 for an example Terminology can be interpreted differently too leading to confusion or arguments about semantics We pride ourselves with creating intuitive designs and clear copy but all too often

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/post/14318868031/the-language-of-ux (2016-04-26)
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