Jason Cranford Teague has some solid advice on making the most out of design critiques in Creativity Under The Microscope: Running A UI Design Critique. If your team isn’t having regular critiques, or if your critiques aren’t making much of an impact, this article is a good place to start.
We talk a lot about design systems and pattern libraries, but what sets a great pattern library apart from the mediocre? I think Brad Frost has nailed that answer with Anatomy of a Pattern in a Pattern Library. In it, he describes the important elements that each pattern needs in order for a library to best serve its users.
Ah, Brainstorming. Whether you love it or hate it, as a user experience practitioner, you’ll often find yourself in the position of moderating a brainstorming session. It’s good to have several frameworks or techniques to draw from so you can use one that fits the situation.
AJ&Smart’s Applied User Story Mapping approach is a good one, and provides a fair amount of structure around ranking and prioritizing ideas.
Shivani Mohan and Lissette Sotelo Parr, from Facebook’s research group, outline Four Creative Ways to Share Research.
Teams and organizations have a better connection to their customers when research findings aren’t relegated to slides in a Powerpoint deck.
Learn a new word:
“Hunkering.” That’s what Jason told us he was doing. He was hunkering—for the third time today.