How UX Designers Can Make Their Work Industry-Relevant

SET UP GUIDEPOSTS

To overcome the problem of this blinkered approach, set up guideposts that make your work as collaborative as possible. Create interactive fora: in conference rooms, at cafeteria, lunchrooms. Keep stakeholders posted about every new idea. Drop hints, sound updates, invite suggestions. By taking everybody in the loop and benefiting from timely interventions, you prevent your efforts from going down the blind alley.

DON’T SKIP RESEARCH

Intuition has its place under the sun, but you cannot skip user research. Unfortunately, team managers often have other opinions.

User research needs time, money, staff, and equipment. But it is worth the trouble. An ounce of preparation saves a pound of problems. To calibrate design solutions to real problems, design professionals should drive efforts in sync with the research insights.

DECIDING WHICH PROBLEM TO SOLVE

Designers might come across more than one problem area in client interviews. The Curiosity to study the project may lead to multiple priorities. But as a UX designer, you will not be able to deliver if you don’t have your finger on the problem statement. Getting down to work without first defining the problem may be wayward, even counter-productive.

COORDINATE WITH DEVELOPERS

No one can function as an island. It’s crucial to work closely with developers. One is incomplete and inefficient without the other. Take each other’s concerns into focus, and try to help with tweaks and maneuvering. This partnership will ensure that the output is consistent with the project goals and user-focussed.

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