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How Users Improvise Tomorrow's Experiences
How Users Improvise Tomorrow's Experiences

I spoke at the Amuse / Craft Conference in October this year about User Fudged Experiences and what happens when users improvise with our products or services, usually in an unexpected and hacky way. The talk revealed how you can use user-fudged experiences to discover what your users are trying to accomplish, explore user perception, spot examples of design affordances in the physical world and how you can apply these to your digital product. …

User Fudged Experiences
User Fudged Experiences

The App Startup Show

🎙️ Listen to the latest episode of The Future of UX podcast: Designing for User-Fudged Experiences: Insights from ME!

Get ready to supercharge your user experience (UX) skills with the latest podcast episode!

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My talk, at Push UX.
My talk, at Push UX.

Push UX 2022

I just got back from the Push UX Conference, which was a fantastic event; looking forward to posting the video of my talk. It was a wonderful atmosphere, so a big shout out to the organisers and audience.

My talk described User Fudged Experiences that happen when users improvise with our products or service, usually in an unexpected and hacky way.

User Fudged Experiences to discover what your users are trying to accomplish, explore user …

Design Drives Podcast
Design Drives Podcast

Design Drives Interview

I had the opportunity to speak with Sebastian Gier on a UX design podcast, Design Drives. We discussed the relationship between design as a creative discipline and how systems and tools shape this creativity for better or worse. Listen to the podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcast.

We also spoke about why it helps designers to customize their processes and how this allows designers to focus on where they can have the most impact, which is often the …

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash
Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Why icons alone won’t save your navigation

Icon research and best practice

There is also the old joke of a kid seeing a floppy disk for the first time and asking his Dad why he has a 3D printed version of the save icon. Well a while back when I was on Twitter, a Japanese user’s asked an important question about Microsoft Excel’s UI, and the question was “Why is the save icon a vending machine?”

This user’s experience is not uncommon. The last time I saw a floppy disk was around 20 years ago, and even then they were …

Photo by Luísa Schetinger on Unsplash
Photo by Luísa Schetinger on Unsplash

User-fudged experiences

How to design for weird user behavior

User Fudged Experiences are when users do something unexpected with our products or service, usually in a hacky way. Below are a series of examples where users improvised these experiences for various companies.

Story 1: McDonald’s Milkshakes

The Golden Arches were trying to increase the sale of their milkshakes and interviewed users to find the perfect recipe. The outcome was more richer shakes, but sadly sales remained the same.

They then hired …

UX Minimal
UX Minimal

Bu bölümde Google’da UX Designer olarak çalışan Mustafa ile tasarım süreçlerinden, animasyonların insan algısına olan etkisi ve tasarımcılar için tavsiyelere kadar uzanan birçok farklı konuyu ele aldığımız, keyifli bir sohbet gerçekleştirdik, iyi dinlemeler.

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Speed Matters

Whether you’re a web developer, web designer or web marketer, you probably care about the end user of your product more than anything else. If you don’t, well maybe we need another eBook for that!

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Basics of UX

This article introduces a workflow that can help teams, products, startups and companies create a robust and meaningful process for developing a better user experience for their customers. You could use different parts of the process separately but they ideally work best as a series of steps.

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Web app icons
Web app icons

Note

First appeared on Chrome Developers Channel.

The ability to add web apps to the home screen has existed for quite some time but with the arrival of offline support, it means we can run our web apps without a network connection. This makes adding to the home screen feel like a real installation, making it a much more powerful feature.

It also means that we must now value our place on a person’s …