With the prevalence of Agile, Scrum, and Lean, software development cycles have been shortened dramatically, compared to the Waterfall development cycle. As a result, user research has to fit into the same cadence, from study design, data collection, to presentation. While traditional research, especially in an academic setting, would typically take months from start to finish, user researchers in the industry have found ways to make research more efficient and tactical, while remaining effective and informative.[Read More]
As our technological devices keep changing, we see that physical buttons are being replaced with smooth touch screens that instead invite users to tap, swipe, drag and more. Users are able to navigate and control their interface without having to rely on pushing physical buttons. Nowadays, as users, we are more and more interacting with devices by using gestures as opposed to pushing any kind of button. But, does that mean physical buttons are disappearing? And is this a good or bad change for users?
Many of us at KLI are trying different ways of staying healthy: some of us do yoga, Crossfit, hiking- one of us is even on a rugby team. Swimming and running are my exercises of choice, and I usually choose to go for a run. In my time preparing for half marathons and 5ks, I have tried several apps to use while running. Recently I learned that one of my colleagues is also a runner, so we started talking about the different apps that we use or have tried in the past. We would continue to point out what worked really well and what didn’t which made me wonder what actually makes a running app great for runners?[Read More]
The 2018 midterm elections are on November 6th!
….but it is unlikely that this is the first time that you are hearing about them. With all the news, coverage, and spin, we at KLI asked: “is UX being considered when covering politics?” We know that there are other places that you can find political opinions and hot takes, so you will not find any in this article. I will be staying focused on the UX of communicating and understanding politics, specifically on how different news organizations and outlets have tried to cover the midterm elections.[Read More]
Personas are personable, actionable, and detailed descriptions of 3-5 archetypes of the people who use your product, service, or brand and are also critical to the long-term success of your business. The objective of personas in product design is to establish a common reference point by which to anchor both tactical and strategic product decisions in user-centric design. Robust personas paint vivid pictures of who each archetype is, what their lifestyle is like, what they care most about, and what their attitude is like in product-relevant scenarios.[Read More]
The UX Game Summit by Epic Games, first launched in 2016 as the very first gaming summit with a focus on UX. It is important to put players first in the design process of gaming in order to ensure better player engagement and more time played. The UX Game Summit helps bring together professionals that are passionate about the current state of UX in our industry and ways to continually improve and innovate the user experience.The Game UX Summit is hosted by different companies each year, this year was hosted by EA. Also this year, Key Lime Interactive, was one of the speakers at the 2018 UX Game Summit. Here is a recap of our presentation and some of the takeaways from the conference by our UX rockstar, Shao-Yu Chen.[Read More]
Let me ask you a question. Have you ever asked yourself, "where should I connect with my users to get the feedback I need?" After deciding how to proceed, did you get the answers you were seeking? If not, perhaps where you met the user wasn’t the ideal place.
At KLI, we help our clients identify the most ideal venue based on a number of factors: the type of questions they have, the type of data/observations they seek, the amount of time they have, and their budget.[Read More]
A while ago we explored the difference between design thinking and design feeling, and focused on the ways in which these two differed from each other. To quickly recap, design feelings ultimately differs from design thinking because it emphasizes a design process that is based on emotion and intuition, as opposed to design thinking which relies on thought, logic and strategy. While the two do differ in their understandings and even execution, perhaps there is more in common between the two than one would think. In this article, we are going to dive back into that topic to explore what exactly design thinking is and how it is carried out.[Read More]