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How do you stay current on the latest trends and technologies in IxD?


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What's your favorite to go source for the the latest IxD info? Do you belong to professional IxD organizations like the Interaction Design Association (https://ixda.org/), SIGCHI, or others? Or do you subscribe to podcasts, blogs, LISTSERVs or attend trade shows like UXPA International Conference hosted by the User Experience Professionals Association? Or maybe you return over and over to a specific website or book or video series?

One of my favorites is the Creative Confidence Series Podcast from IDEO U. It features practical ways designers can integrate human-centered design into everyday design/work situations.

Share your favorite IxD sources. Let's get a list going for our IxD community.

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Hi Kai,

Nice to meet you. I am new in this forum and I look forward to meeting other course takers.
To answer your question about what I do to stay up to date.
I subscribe to Nielsen Norman Group https://www.nngroup.com, they have a lot of videos, and articles. Then I also visit https://www.experiencedynamics.com/blog, read books.
I continuously take certificates in UX Design from - IDF - Interaction Design Foundation, https://www.interaction-design.org.

Just now I am taking a diploma in UX design and at the same time taking courses in using Axure.
I also Visit IDEO and Stanford to learn about Design Thinking, I found some useful documents about the topic.
https://dschool.stanford.edu/
That's some of my list.☺
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Hi Kai,

I am new in this forum too and I'm looking forward to share my experiences and thoughts. I don't follow any specific blog or website for news. I have created a google alert for the topic "User Experience", I receive an email everyday containing links for new articles on the web regarding the topic.

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Another way to keep up with what's new and interseting is to read all the trending reports. I like the JWT Intelligence brief which gives you descriptions as well as photos of what new trends look like and how they are being implemented globally. The global perspective is important and expands your thinking on what is possible and what is working. here is a link to subscribe (it's free): https://www.jwtintelligence.com

I also like Trendwatching- here is the link: https://trendwatching.com to see what people are doing.

Of course there is also customer journey mapping to help you understand the user's problem so you can start designing solutions around what the end user is trying to accomplish. There are a ton of tools. I like SuiteCX for a larger company with remote locations. You pay for journey mapping software. www.suitecx.com.
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I check researchgate everyday and it suggests new researches
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Hi Amirreza,

Nice to meet you.
The research site you reder to , is it this one?
https://www.researchgate.net

Thanks,
Nina
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My #1 resource is https://www.nngroup.com/. There's always something in their weekly mailing that I want to read, usually several!

I've been looking for a podcast though, and have really enjoyed reading Creative Confidence (from the IDEO founders), so I'll definitely check out their podcast. Thanks for the tip!
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Hi @NAAi nice to meet you! Thanks for sharing these resources. I've not used Axure. What's your opinion of it so far? Strengths and weaknesses. Does it have a project management component?
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@Deepak Welcome to IxD! Yeah, that's a really great idea about creating a Google Alert for user experience.
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Thanks @Darcy! I'll checkout Trendwatch and JWT Intelligence brief. I like JWT IB description, "J. Walter Thompson Intelligence is a center for provocative thinking that focuses on identifying shifts in the global zeitgeist." Browsing the site made me think of IT World Canada https://www.itworldcanada.com/ that I follow for general tech industry news.
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@Amirreza Thanks for posting https://www.researchgate.net. In that vein Google Scholar could also be helpful too I imagine.

Hi @Sasha welcome! Yes, I totally agree with you and @NAAi about https://www.nngroup.com/ ! It is such an amazing and comprehensive resource. I've found that not only do I refer to its archives like a text book but it also makes a great resource to share with clients for education purposes because it's so thorough and posted on an authoritative website. The UX Mapping Methods Compared: A Cheat Sheet is incredibly handy to share with clients who are new to the process. I've even borrowed the structure of some of the information displays to build reports because they are so well designed.
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@Deepak Welcome to IxD! Yeah, that's a really great idea about creating a Google Alert for user experience.
Thanx @Kai Dailey
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Hi Amirreza,

Nice to meet you.
The research site you reder to , is it this one?
https://www.researchgate.net

Thanks,
Nina

Hi Nina, yes this one. Their suggestion system is really useful. they just new articles according to user's skills and researches
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I just found this resource today: Design by Anthropologists, a New Blog about Anthropology in Practice. It's described as a blog to:

... chronicle current explorations in and developments around the interface of anthropology, design, user experience (UX) and research, usability research, and related endeavors."
-from Anthropology News

If you're interested in Design Anthropology or Business Anthropology, also check out the rest of the National Association For The Practice Of Anthropology (NAPA) website.
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@Kai Dailey
Thank you for your question regarding Axure.
I will like to give some background information about my choice.
I started with Axure a while ago, as I wanted to try out another prototyping tool. I have used JustInMind - www.justinmind.com for many years, which is a tool I like because it is an "all-in-in one tool" and I can create interactive prototypes for all devices and screen sizes. It is also possible to share prototypes and view prototypes on a mobile device. There is a free version and a paid version, which have more features.
As I looked for a job within UX design, I was meet the requirement that I should be able to use Sketch and Invision. So I started to learn Sketch, it is great for UI but it lacks the features for interactive prototypes as I have used with Justinmind. I also have to use sketch and invasion or Zeplin to make it interactive. I find this a bad user experience for me. Also because I used to be a software designer and have coded many websites and prototypes in HTML, CSS.
So I wanted to have a tool where I can create interactive prototypes. I was introduced to Axure in a course in UX design I am finishing and I started to take courses in Axure as well.
It is a lot of hard work and I have used many many hours to learn the tool.
I have used MarvelApp, Basamiq, JustinMind, Prototypr, Flairbuilder, Mocks, InvisionStodio and tried Abode XD, Figma and principle over the years.

I like Axure the best. It is very complicated if you want to use all the features, but it can also be an easy prototyping tool if you do not use the difficult features. The only downside if there is not tha many UI kits for Axure as for Sketch. It is possible to import Sketch files.

This is a link to the prototype I created for the UX course recently.
https://lvumsa.axshare.com/forside.html
You can create responsive websites in Axure, and annotate your prototypes when sharing with your team members. It is also possible to share comments via Axure.

Let me know if I haven't answered your question fully.


/ Nina🙂
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https:///members/mid-11539
Thank you for confirming the link.
I will have a look, thanks.

/ Nina☺
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@NAAi Wow, really helpful information on prototyping tools! Thank you. So, I tried out JustinMind yesterday and really love it. I found it instantly useful for building a small interactive presentation to use in a video meeting. It's so easy and intuitive for add interactions (events). I'd not heard of it before, so thanks so much for turning me on to it. I also explored Axure as well, it has so much more capabilities. It will definitely take more time to evaluate and may prove to be more software than I need right now--something to grow into as I develop. When I began designing for instructional design projects, I learned that in that field, Storyline and Captivate, are the go-to-development tools. Oh how I wish they were as easy to build with as Axure and JustinMind. All these prototyping tools really lack are quiz and SCORM functions, which could be plugged in I think. 🙂 Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but compared to the aggravations I've experienced with Adobe Captivate, these tools would be perfect, if they could just go those few steps further.

I enjoyed interacting with your prototype and even shared it with a colleague because I like the messages you added that indicate which tabs in the prototype are active for the user, that's a nice touch!
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@Kai Dailey Hi Kai, Thank you very much. I think you can find plugins for this, or there is almost a way how to integrate. Let me know if I can help in finding what you are looking for.

/ Nina 🙂
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Hi all! Found another cool resource: https://blog.prototypr.io/ In particular, talk a look at The Interaction Review, "an online publication to bridge the gap between academic research and User Experience (UX) Practitioners."

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