Hey! My UX design practice is perfect! We don’t often hear this, but it is true. The longer we work at a job, then the more we feel we are doing. It’s important to remember that even professionals are not perfect at everything. It is also important to remember that sloppy practices can easily creep into work if we are doing things for a longer time.
This is why an experienced driver may not be a great driver. They may believe they are, but it’s not uncommon for people to crash after years of driving. Because they haven’t spent any real-time improving or maintaining their skills, their driving abilities are slowly falling apart.
We don’t want to see our UX careers go under. So we continue to improve our design practices to produce even better results.
1. Reduce Your Vocabulary
The majority of people don’t know the technical terms we use in UX Design. They don’t know much about heuristics and “>phenomenology” and, to be honest, they don’t even care. These terms are acceptable within the UX team, but they should be avoided when communicating with the rest of the organization.
Our clients are our stakeholders. When communicating with clients, we must use their language. You’re alienating them if you don’t do that. For long-term success, this is a bad strategy.
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2. Do not follow the Yellow Brick Road
It’s a wonderful idea to create user research scripts. These scripts provide a common guideline and a way to structure our sessions. Many of us, especially those who are just getting started in UX, tend not to follow the rules. This makes it difficult to discern the difference between the wood and the trees.
It is equally important to know when to step off-piste to explore a new opportunity. It’s not our job to follow the route we have made, but to find the way that users prefer.
3. Recycle your creations
You’ll be able to generate a lot of ideas and insights if you have worked on more than one UX project in the past. Do you ever review this material? Most likely not.
You could still benefit from looking at those projects. You can go back to refresh the insights you have developed. It’s possible to see the things you did at one time and not do now.
You could also use the information to make a new sale. You could make a whitepaper from a meta-analysis of multiple projects that you can sell to UX researchers, or promote your business. Startling conclusions, results, etc. You might use this video as a basis for a YouTube video that will demonstrate your expertise to potential clients.
You can study from where you’ve been and make the process beneficial simultaneously.
4. Break out of the Box
Experienced user experience designers can take advantage of this opportunity to refresh their skills and improve their knowledge. You can take a break from user interface design. Do some requirements capture work, or join a product development team. Software development might be something you would like to do if you are able.
It serves two purposes. The first is to take a break from your routine. It allows you to appreciate the people on your team. You will be more successful in future collaborations with your colleagues if you show empathy and understanding to other areas of the business.
5. Conduct a UX Review/Audit
Activities in all positions within busy organizations are focused on the task at hand. We work on projects, get results, and then we begin again. There’s little time for reflection. It is truly a shame. This allows us the freedom to create flawed processes and continue repeating the mistakes over and over.
Sometimes it’s good to take a break from what you are doing and do something else. The UX team should get together and review the way they work. Ask questions about your work, and then make changes to the way you do it. Useful questions might include:
Is it still in the best interest of the company to do what we have done?
If the reply is no, then why is it not? What can be done better?
If the answer is yes, then how can efficiency and output be improved?
What can we do that isn’t in line with the organizational needs of our team?
What has changed in your business recently? What can we do in order to ensure our work reflects these changes?
6. Explore Some New Tools
Learning new tools is always a good idea. While there are some career benefits (a name on your CV can often win you an interview), there are also many benefits. Playing with a new wireframing program, for instance, requires adapting to a new way of designing wireframes. This may allow us to examine how we make wireframes. Even if we decide to go back to the same package after we have had a good time, we can still learn valuable lessons.
7. Take some time to read
Although this one is so simple, it almost feels like cheating. However, you can still learn a lot from reading and improve your skills. Spend some time every week reading up on UX developments, buying textbooks from top UX designers, and even considering taking UX courses.
No matter how experienced or skilled we are, everyone is capable of improvement. These tips will help you increase your UX performance.