Userfocus Usability Newsletter, January 2016

Welcome to 2016 and to the January edition of the Userfocus usability and user experience newsletter!

Message from the Editor

Just before Christmas I was speaking with a user researcher who didn't understand the point or purpose of desk research. This made me realise that (a) many people arrive in the field of user experience without even a rudimentary understanding of the scientific method and (b) there is a whole new seam of articles that I need to mine in 2016. But to start, I thought I would focus on the what, why and how of desk research.

I hope you find it useful.

David Travis

Desk research: the what, why and how

The 'where' (at your desk) and the 'when' (at the beginning of your project) are easy questions to answer. But what is it, why do you need to to do it, and how should you go about doing desk research to make sure it adds value to your project? Read the article in full: Desk research: the what, why and how.

From our archives: What Russian dolls and Fantastic Voyage can teach us about designing for mobile

You can't create a mobile version of a desktop system simply by shrinking the screen. You need to re-conceptualise the application and design for red routes, fat fingers and transient use. Read the article in full: What Russian dolls and Fantastic Voyage can teach us about designing for mobile.

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

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” — James Joyce.

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