January 25, 20181 Comment

How to conduct user research in a one-week sprint

We know what user research is and why it has value. The next step is learning how to conduct user research in cost-effective way that still delivers maximum impact. A sprint is a user research methodology that allows you to gain insights on a target audience in just one week. The user research process works in any industry and for companies of any size, and it’s repeatable — if you need more insight or help understanding another group, the same process can be used each time.

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October 27, 2016No Comments

Knowing the value of project management and UX helps us build better teams and products

TXI knows the value of project management and UX

Judith (left) and Aly (right), happy to finally be somewhere that values both project management and UX.

As a UX developer (Aly) and a project manager (Judith), we’ve both had jobs where the value of project management and UX wasn't recognized. We were written off as “overhead” or a “nice-to-have” instead of being treated like necessary functions that improve the final product.

Table XI could not be more different.

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October 7, 2016No Comments

5 tips for conducting user interviews to build better products

On any project, the UX team is trying to answer two big questions: What should we build, and did we build it right?

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July 29, 2014No Comments

The UX of Movie Night

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Movie nights are a time-honored tradition at Table XI. Iterating over summers we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to put on a great show. What exactly does it take? Let me tell you using a few UX principles.

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July 1, 20141 Comment

The UX of Scandinavia

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Or, how a vacation taught my family what I do at work.

Do your grandparents squint when you refer to usability testing? Is your roommate nonplussed when you name drop the great Don Norman?  Are you passionate about what you do but have trouble explaining it? If so, you and I might share a similar user issue.

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February 3, 2014No Comments

Weather: A User Experience

Chicago’s talking about the weather more than usual, don't you think?

No longer just a small talk cliché, getting accurate information about The Weather has become a matter of survival. The polar vortex is waiting for us and we need to know how bad it is out there.

Looking for answers, I typed “weather” into Google. Weather.com was the first result. I naively assumed I’d come to the right place.

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December 20, 2013No Comments

User Experience: Don’t Ignore These 3 Rules

UX Design RulesTable XI was delighted to host user experience designer / big thinker / awesome person Carolyn Chandler for an engaging Lunch 'n Learn last week. Carolyn Chandler is a design instructor at the Starter League and the American Design and Master-Craft Initiative. She’s also written A Project Guide to UX (with Russ Unger) and Adventures in Experience Design (with Anna Van Slee).

The lunch was a reunion of sorts since Carolyn has history with Table XI’s design group: front-end designer Matt Reich and I have both taken her Starter League class (it was through that class that I met Mike Gibson, head of the Love Has No Logic design group and now senior designer at Table XI).

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November 21, 2013No Comments

User Experience and the CTA: Fixing Everything in 3 Steps

“The impetuous creature--a pirate--started forward, sprang away; she had to hold the rail to steady herself, for a pirate it was, reckless, unscrupulous, bearing down ruthlessly, circumventing dangerously, boldly snatching a passenger, or ignoring a passenger, squeezing eel-like and arrogant in between, and then rushing insolently all sails spread up Whitehall.”

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

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