Userfocus Usability Newsletter, August 2016

Welcome to the August edition of the Userfocus usability and user experience newsletter!

Message from the Editor

If you had an hour to solve a problem, how would you spend your time?

Albert Einstein once famously said that he would spend the first 55 minutes defining the problem before spending 5 minutes on the solution. In contrast, I think that many product teams would spend all their time generating solutions before checking if it's even a problem for users.

One of the best ways to ensure you do effective research is to first define the research question properly. So I'm pleased that Philip Hodgson has written an article on this very topic for this month's newsletter. I hope you find it useful.

David Travis

Going Beyond the Obvious

In which we go on safari, stop at a red light, meet a zoologist, and discover four classic questions that can help us design better user research. Read the article in full: Going Beyond the Obvious.

From our archives: 7 myths about paper prototyping

Paper prototyping is probably the best tool we have to design great user experiences. It allows you to involve users early in the design process, shows you how people will use your system before you've written any code, and supports iterative design. So why are some design teams still resistant to using it? Here are 7 objections I've heard to paper prototyping and why each one is mistaken. Read the article in full: 7 myths about paper prototyping.

What we’re reading

Some interesting usability-related articles that got our attention over the last month:

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User Experience quotation of the month

"Pay attention to what users do, not what they say." Jakob Nielsen.

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