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Does Coloring Response Categories Affect Responses?

, MeasuringU

Survey response options come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and now, colors.

The number of points, the addition of labels, the use of numbers, and the use of positive or negative tone are all factors that can be manipulated. These changes can also affect responses, sometimes modestly, sometimes a lot.

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Ideas worth spreading — A UX case study of TED.com

, UX Collective - Medium

Personalizing the TED user experience to inspire sharing ideas

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The Mental Model

, UX Collective - Medium

The mental modelMy son, building the Lego Technic modelThis article is for my colleagues in software development, with whom I interact on a daily basis and also for people who feel design is fuzzy. This is an attempt to articulate my journey on how I made sense of the word “Intuitive”. Also, this is the first step in the journey towards having a discussion of the UX nomenclature within the software development group, which I feel would enable all of us to work together, effectively.

I am sure each the designer on this planet has been told a zillion times “make it intuitive”. It has been shouted down so hard that its probably etched in our souls. It is a weapon wielded by stakeholders to indiscriminately slash at designs, hollering that designs are not intuitive.

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Enabling a sense of community in personal spaces

, UX Collective - Medium

How individual-focused mediums silo us away from communities and how we can redesign them to bring us back together.

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A practical, 10-step guide on conducting user research with no access to users, no product and…

, UX Collective - Medium

If you’re working on an entirely new product for an entirely new company, this guide is for you.

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Persona is an effective catalyst for producing innovation! But how?

, UX Collective - Medium

A persona in user-centered design and marketing is a fictional character created to represent a user type that might use a site, brand, or…

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7 ways to accelerate your UX design career journey

, UX Collective - Medium

https://www.opendoodles.com/Once upon a time, I was a content marketer. A longer time ago than that I was a recording engineer. Later on, I became a UX content strategist…and now I’m a UX designer.

Whether you’re just getting started, or want a boost, these things will help reset, restart, or jumpstart your UX career.

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Visual Data Collection: Making Sense of Tally Sheets

, UXmatters

By Michael Morgan

For those of you who are wondering exactly what Visual Data Collection (VDC) is, you can read my article “Increasing Your Research Velocity with Visual Data Collection,” which describes the method in full detail. You can also read my subsequent Discovery column, “Sensemaking with Annotations,” which covers the various annotations I use for VDC notetaking. That column also provides insights on the use of annotations to inspire those using the VDC method to extend their set of annotations and adapt the method to their UX research workflow.

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Book Review: Redesigning Leadership

, UXmatters

Cover: Redesigning Leadership

By D. Ben Woods

John Maeda has been an influential figure in the creative, technology world for decades. He began his career as a computer-science student, then pivoted to art and design. He was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he led the Media Lab; became president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), was Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), and now serves as a Strategic Advisor there. He currently leads design at Automattic, a Web-development company that is known primarily for WordPress.com.

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Speaking Up for Conversation Design

, UXmatters

By Clint Miller

Voice-first user experiences are now ubiquitous. Smart-speaker sales are up, as is their usage. Older adults are benefiting from the use of voice assistants. However, a large percentage of users still find the experience of talking to voice assistants unnatural. So how can we make voice experiences better?

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