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The range of methods available to the researcher is one of the things that makes UX research such an interesting and effective field. The recently completed UXPA salary survey provides one of the more comprehensive pictures of the methods practitioners use. It contains data from over 1200 respondents from 37 countries collected in 2016. Similar data was collected in 2014 and 2011 with similarly sized

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There’s a continued need to measure and improve the user experience. In principle, it’s easy to see the benefits of having qualified participants use an interface and measuring the experience to produce reliable metrics that can be benchmarked against. But in practice, a number of obstacles make it difficult: time, cost, finding qualified participants, and even obtaining a stable product to test. These challenges seem

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Most UX designers I know didn’t get into the field because they have a passion for measuring. But even when numbers aren’t your motivation, at some point in your career you’ll likely need to provide evidence that a new design is actually better that a previous one. And an interface is only “better” if it’s measurably better. Maybe the new design allows users to complete

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An increasing amount of shopping is done online. Almost $100 billion worth of products were sold online during the two-month Christmas buying season of 2016. It’s become especially easy for consumers to find the lowest price on a product. If consumers can’t find needed information, purchase a product easily, or don’t trust the brand or information on a website, they go elsewhere and may tell

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Online panels are the go-to method for collecting data quickly for market and UX research studies. Despite their wide usage, surprisingly little is known about these panels, such as the characteristics of the panel members or the reliability and accuracy of the data collected from them. While there isn’t much published data on the inner workings of panels, we’ve conducted our own research and compiled

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The results of the 2016 UXPA salary survey are in. This is the 5th UXPA survey we've crunched the numbers for and it showed similar patterns as 2014. The Results The data was collected from September-December 2016 using a non-probability sample. Initial respondents were recruited through postings on professional networks and websites, such as UXPA and LinkedIn. Additional respondents were recruited using snowball sampling. Please

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The fundamental idea behind usability testing is that the interface creator is not the user. We can broaden the idea of an interface to encompass more than websites and software as Don Norman famously illustrated in his book The Design of Everyday Things. An interface is the point where people and systems interact. An interface can be words, images, light switches, door handles,  or complex

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There’s been a lot of buzz about design thinking. What it means, how to apply its principles, and even if it’s a new concept. While design thinking is usually applied to more scientific endeavors, scientific thinking can also benefit design. While it may be a less-trendy topic, a scientific approach to design is certainly effective. Scientific principles lead to better decision making about designs, which

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Market segmentation is a valuable technique to understand the commonalities between customers. Knowing current and prospective customers' similarities and differences allows an organization to introduce new products or modify existing ones, and more effectively communicate and sell to the customers most interested in those products. We’ve conducted a number of market segmentations for clients and use advanced statistical techniques to identify clusters. But what leads

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User and customer research fundamentally rely on collecting data from users and customers. But it can be a constant challenge to find the right number and type of qualified participants . Even when you find the right participants, there’s a limit to how much time they’re willing to spend filling out a survey. A common question we get from clients is how long is too

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