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Felix Salmon: The Future of Online Advertising (, 14.11.2011)
»people tend to think that what they can measure is what they want, just because they can measure it.«
Onlinewerbung  User_Centered 
november 2011 by fst
User-Led Does Not Equal User-Centered | UX Magazine
The thesis of the article is that the very idea of a user-led approach is fundamentally flawed, that listening to users is harmful, and that a user-centric design focus creates sameness and stifles creativity and innovation. The article quotes "design team members" inside Apple who shun user-centeredness: "It’s all bullshit and hot air created to sell consulting projects and to give insecure managers a false sense of security." The article also attributes that belief to IKEA: "IKEA designers don’t use user studies or user insights to create their products. When I asked them why, they said 'We tried and it didn’t work.'"
user_experience  user_centered 
march 2011 by falkicon
User Experience Research Methods: Finding the Right One, for the Right Task at the Right Time
In user-centered design processes different research methods can be applied in different stages of the process of developing new products or services. User research in the early stages should aim to gather insights about consumer and their behavior as well as to get inspiration for design concepts. In the later stages, user research is very often used to evaluate and understand the implications and acceptance of certain design prototypes.

These different objectives require different user research methods and selecting the right method is very often a complicated task (i.e. should you do an ethnographic field study or a focus group to get inspiration for new product features?).

Christian Rohrer has written an article in Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox with the title "When to Use Which User Experience Methods" which helps in selecting the right user experience research method.

Modern day user experience research methods can now answer a wide range of questions. Knowing when to use each method can be understood by mapping them in 3 key dimensions and across typical product development phases. […] These three dimensions are Attitudinal vs. Behavioral, Qualitative vs. Quantitative and Context of Website or Product Use.

Especially interesting is the chart that illustrates where several popular user research methods appear along these dimensions:

Additionally the proposed guidelines differentiate between the different phases of product development suggesting typical methods for the strategize, optimize and assess phases in product development.

If you are looking for more information about user research methods you can find more information in the article "The 13 Most Popular Methods for User-Centered Design" as well as in "An Overview of Market Research Methods for Innovation Development".

Read the complete article.


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methods  user_centered  from google
november 2008 by anthonysonego

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