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Launch Your Own Product: My Lessons Learned

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Want to put your design skills to the test? I highly recommend that you launch your own product. It’s a great way to put to practice things like project management, feature prioritization, identifying and validating a problem, market research, marketing, and more.

I promise, it will be the hardest thing you do. But you will also have a lot of fun, because it’s yours.

The re-design of my product, The UX Notebook website is going well. And yes, I’m trying to practice what I preach and not be my own worst client!

One thing that’s been helpful is that I have a few people working with me on the project, so I’m avoiding the situation of designing this in a silo.

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Designing With Lenses: See ideas through a different design lens

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On 11, Sep 2017 | No Comments | In Business, Everyday UX, Research | By Sarah Doody

What is a design lens? Why is designing with lenses so important in user experience and product development?

As we know, it’s easy to get tunnel vision, to get stuck on your perspective, to design in a silo. Design lenses help us see our product and vet product ideas through different perspectives.

Recently, I’ve been doing this in one project of my own, a re-imagination of the website for The UX Notebook.

When I start any project, I allow myself time to go into research mode. I ask a ton of questions, talk to people, and explore similar products. But I create a deadline for research. Why?

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4 Things You Must Do Before You Ask Someone A Question Or Advice

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On 16, Aug 2017 | No Comments | In Business, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

One of my friends, Tami, is a really great communicator. She doesn’t waste time and she gets to the point. A lot of people could think it’s abrasive or cold to receive an email reply from her that’s only a short sentence. But the truth is, she’s simply being smart with her time and not adding clutter to our already busy lives!

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Why you must validate your product idea & not build too fast

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How do you validate your idea? What happens when you don’t validate your idea?

A friend of mine works in sales and has been watching me slowly venture into the world of online courses. While at lunch a few days ago he said that he wants to start doing online courses as well. I immediately blurted out, “you have no idea how much work it is”.

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There Are No Shortcuts In UX. But Things Do Get Easier.

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Newsflash … nothing is an overnight success.

A lot of people ask me for shortcuts in UX. People want to know tricks and the paint by number way to do something. One thing I know for sure is that there are no shortcuts.

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Do You Have Evidence That People Want What You’re Building?

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Recently I’ve been telling you a bit more about the behind the scenes of my business so that you can follow along and see how I put into practice what I tell you to do when it comes to product development and design.

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Why You Need To Think About Marketing Before You Launch

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In June some of my friends were in NYC for a conference. They’re entrepreneurs. You may have seen them on SharkTank … they created the product Nerdwax, an organic beeswax that stops your glasses from sliding off your nose.

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Why You Shouldn’t Build Until You Validate Your Idea

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On 06, Jul 2017 | No Comments | In Design, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

Last week I had an idea. I couldn’t get it out of my head. So I stopped what I was doing and took action. The idea had to do with UX portfolios. Instead of working on content, brainstorming cute domain names to buy, and all the other things I was tempted to do, I held back, and didn’t “build” too soon.

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6 Things To Think About When Evaluating A Homepage

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On 29, Jun 2017 | No Comments | In Content, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

Have you ever heard the saying, buy it cheap, buy it twice? My mum mentioned it the other day, though I can’t remember the exact context.

It seems like such a simple and obvious concept. Why would you do it cheap only to have to pay to fix it later? Why would you purchase something that wears out only to have to purchase a replacement?

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UX: Avoid Staying In A State Of Unknown For Too Long

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On 20, Jun 2017 | No Comments | In Career, Design, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

At the start of June, I spent 8.5 hours trapped in a toilet room, overnight, with a cat, in Paris. Very long story and I’m sure you have so many questions. So I published the story on Medium in case you want to hear what actually happened.

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