Userfocus Usability Newsletter, January 2018

Welcome to the January 2018 edition of the Userfocus usability and user experience newsletter!

Message from the Editor

Welcome to 2018 — and to the 12th year of our user experience and usability newsletter. In this month's newsletter, we have an article on four psychological principles that every user researcher should know. There's also a slew of links for further reading. (Slew? Is that the collective noun for links? Maybe it should be a 'congregation of links', a 'murmuration of links' or more likely a 'distraction of links').

David Travis

The User Researcher's Field Guide to Psychology

When planning user research studies, there are four fundamental principles from psychology that user researchers must know. These are: your users do not think like you think; your users don't have good insight into the reasons for their behaviour; the best predictor of your users' future behaviour is their past behaviour; and your users' behaviour depends on context. Read the article in full: The User Researcher's Field Guide to Psychology.

From our archives: The Fable of the User-Centered Designer

"Once there was a bright young man who was looking for an effective designer. He wasn't looking for just any designer. He wanted to find a designer who could design complex technology that was simple to use." Follow a young man's journey as he discovers the three secrets of user-centred design. It's a small book that has big results. Read the article in full: The Fable of the User-Centered Designer

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

"If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing." W Edwards Deming.

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