Learn about the many applications of human-centered design within the business enterprise in this roundup of our most-read articles from the second quarter of 2016. We cover design automation, speed to market, usability testing, business innovation, software design and more.
Too often, software is “designed” by professionals who have little information about the users of their products and no experience in prioritizing their needs or designing ways to satisfy them. The result is widespread confusion among those who use business software and intense frustration among the executives who approve its purchase.
Learn about the many applications of human-centered design within the business enterprise in this roundup of our most-read articles from the first quarter of 2016. We cover design systems, quantitative vs qualitative research, corporate innovation, project management best practices, employee workarounds and more.
If you think that onboarding is only about getting your new hire a desk, a computer and compliance training you are missing the full story. Viewed through the lens of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, successful onboarding begins by creating a sense of belonging and leads to the ultimate goal—a fully engaged and self-actualized associate that will contribute to the company for many years.
In today’s age of Big Data, companies are more focused than ever on quantitative methods and huge datasets. There’s just one problem: analytics doesn’t give us the whole picture. It doesn’t tell us why users do what they do or how they feel about it. These are key concerns that designers and researchers must address to deliver the best user experience possible.
Many of the problems that encumber software can be prevented by practicing human-centered design: a method of development that is dedicated to researching the requirements of business and technology together with the needs of the users. This is similar to the process that guides the construction of our homes and offices.
This past fall I celebrated my 20th year with Electronic Ink. Technology has evolved by leaps and bounds in that time, but in many ways our design focus on the human side of technology has been a consistent thread that ties together projects through the years. Here’s a look at what has and has not changed over 20 years.