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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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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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Why You Need To Be Selective When Pursuing Your Ideas

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On 14, Jun 2017 | No Comments | In Career, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

One of the hardest things to do is know when to execute on an idea. If you haven’t launched your product or idea yet, then my best advice to you is to just launch it. Stop debating the details. Stop worrying. Stop overthinking it. Just get your idea out there because you can’t test and measure an idea that you haven’t launched yet.

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3 UX Ideas To Implement Before The End Of The Year

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A few weeks ago I gave you a two-month countdown to the end of the year. As the end of the year approaches, it’s easy to get frustrated and focus on what you didn’t do this year. But don’t focus on those things.

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Why Good Designers Are Fast On Their Feet & Slow With Their Ego

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On 10, Aug 2016 | No Comments | In Design, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

A few days ago I was in a design review meeting for a project that I’m working on with some collaborators. The project is well into the visual design phase right now – but in the middle of the meeting, the visual designer brought up a few problems that she’d encountered while designing out the steps I’d created wireframes for.

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Why You Shouldn’t Let Fatigue Mess Up Your Form

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On 19, Jul 2016 | No Comments | In Design, Everyday UX, Health | By Sarah Doody

I’m in the middle of a few huge projects right now. We’re in the wire-frame phase right now, which means I’m making a ton of screens and honestly my brain is totally overwhelmed. So much effort and thought goes into good design.

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How Seeking Perfection Will Distract You From A Prototype

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On 13, Jul 2016 | 2 Comments | In Design, Everyday UX | By Sarah Doody

A few days ago I was visiting a friend of mine in Canada. She has her own business refinishing furniture and has become really successful at it. But it’s funny because growing up she was never into doing that type of stuff. She taught herself all about refinishing furniture by watching YouTube videos and simply doing it over and over.

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Committing To Experimenting With Your Ideas

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On 07, Apr 2016 | No Comments | In User Experience | By Sarah Doody

Congrats, we made it to April. I have no idea how three months have already gone by. I think it’s because I committed to running a ton of experiments at the beginning of the year. This kept me pretty busy, focused, and learning.

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Experiments: Why You Shouldn’t Focus On The Right Or Wrong

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On 30, Mar 2016 | No Comments | In Process, User Experience | By Sarah Doody

When was the last time you decided to run an experiment? If you’re like me, it was probably a long time ago.

I’m the type of person who has a ton of ideas, but I often don’t make time to act on my ideas. And they get tucked away in a notebook and left there. That is … until I stumble upon someone else on the Internet who’s done my idea! Then, I beat myself up and think, “if I’d only started 6 months ago, think of where I’d be.” 

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How To Move From Imitation To Innovation

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When I start a new project, I immediately go into research mode. I spend hours looking at other sites, products, and apps to see if the purpose of the product is clear.

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