How to Do Quality UX On a Shoestring Budget

Posted by Joseph Dickerson |08 Oct 15 |

October 8, 2015

Say you have a project that requires experience design, but you don’t have a lot of money to spend. The idea of recruiting test participants, buying the latest UI design tools, or renting a usability test lab: those things just aren’t possible, so what do you do? Well, you can give up—throw your hands in the air and cry “I can’t work in these conditions”—or you can apply free or low-cost tools you already have at your disposal.

The following hints and tips will help you do quality user experience work without having to lay out big bucks for tools or expensive design agencies.

Assess the Talent You Already Have

This first step is one that many teams neglect to do, to their detriment. Whether your team is two or twenty, there is likely a lot of untapped talent that you may not be aware of. You may have a good visual designer or a competent researcher just sitting there, even if their titles don’t reflect what they…read more
By Joseph Dickerson

Simplify Your Projects by Using a UX Checklist

Posted by Joseph Dickerson |24 Aug 15 |

August 24, 2015

One of the more interesting things I’ve been able to do in my career is establishing a user experience team’s design process. Obviously, there are standard phases and steps all UX processes share—some form of discovery and research, iteration, documentation, etc.—but how you approach these phases, how much time and “weight” you apply to each part of the design journey, is challenging to define.

No design checklist survives contact with the client

A key decision I made, and the most impactful thing about the process I set up, was to implement a checklist. Checklists are helpful, simple, and give everyone an easy-to-understand baseline of what steps are involved along the way.

Checklists allow team members to start with something: a simple task list that can be extended or revised as needed. This lets people protract the process as much as much as…read more
By Joseph Dickerson