Userfocus Usability Newsletter, June 2013

Welcome to the June edition of the Userfocus usability newsletter.

Message from the Editor

This month’s article is about Gordon Ramsay. As an award-winning, TV celebrity chef, you may not think that Mr Ramsay has a lot to say about user experience.

Well — get ready to be surprised.

By studying his shows, we can learn some techniques for providing user interface critiques and when they may or may not work.

Alongside the article, we have a very special offer for newsletter subscribers.

Seasoned readers will be aware that I want to get 1,105 people on my online user experience course before World Usability Day on 14 November. To boost numbers, I’ve arranged with Udemy to provide a massive 75% discount for readers of this newsletter.

The course is normally priced at $199 but you can get it for $49 with a special coupon code.

This is an exclusive discount for newsletter readers, and is only valid until June 14th. After that, the code won’t work anymore and you’ll need to pay full price. You won’t find a better deal anywhere else. To secure your spot for only $49 (instead of the usual $199), sign up for our newsletter using the form on the right.

If you're too busy to take the course right now, remember you can still claim the offer but take the training whenever you like because you get lifetime access to the course.

We only have a limited number of places at this price to give away so get in quick.

David Travis

Feature article: What Gordon Ramsay can teach us about giving feedback to design teams

The Michelin-starred chef and restaurant troubleshooter can teach us a thing or two about providing design criticism, although some of it you may wish to avoid. Read the article in full: What Gordon Ramsay can teach us about giving feedback to design teams.

Announcing a new training course on design research

For some time now, we've been developing a new course on design research and we're proud to say we're launching it today. Titled "An Introduction to Design Ethnography", it's for people in UX teams who need to understand users better in order to develop design concepts. The course covers observation and interviewing techniques, managing field data collection and analysis, and shows how to build 'everyday field working' practices into your daily routine. The course is led by Cat Macaulay, a Senior Lecturer on the world's first full Masters in Design Ethnography. We're currently offering this as an in-house course and you can take a look at the details of the course here.

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

“I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” — Bill Cosby.

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