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When to Use Which User-Experience Research Method

11/05/14

researchux

Nice overview by Nielsen/Norman of different UX research methods mapped across 3 dimensions and over time.

Chart of 20 user research methods, classified along 3 dimensions

a bookcase for those books ≠ a place to put those books

06/05/12

researchux

A short but very informative article on the importance of how to phrase questions when doing user research.

Take a guess what the difference is between “Find a bookcase that can hold 200 books” and “Find someplace to put 200 books”.

deconstructing eau good

04/13/12

designer/studioproductresearch

design milk has a great article on the evolution of black & blum’s new eau good water bottle. this includes several drawings and pictures illustrating their design process for everything from the bottle shape, over the cork stopper, to the packaging.

 

 

blackblum

industrial design history

01/17/11

otherresearch

may need a bit more content, but some areas (like the timeline) look pretty promising: http://www.industrialdesignhistory.com, a website that "celebrates the determination, audacity and ingenuity of the industrial design profession".

industrialdesignhistory

the darwinian business of designing machines

11/14/10

designer/studioproductresearch

gadi amit, president of new deal design in san francisco, has a high-level overview of the tasks of industrial designers, and what separates the good from the bad. the first part has a very good overview of product design related tasks and challenges that go beyond the pure visual. find part 1 and part 2 at the fast company design blog.

prototypes

10/30/10

businessproductresearch

wired magazine has several photos of early prototypes of now classic technology products. included are an early push button phone from 1948, the first atari video game from 1976, an apple I computer from 1975, and the worlds first cellphone from 1973. interesting both on a visual and prototyping level, as well as for the background stories.

Apple I, 1975

technoCRAFT

06/27/10

artdesigner/studiofurniturelightingotherresearch

opening on friday july 9th at the yerba buena center for the arts in san francisco, TechnoCRAFT explores the changing boundaries between designer and consumer. curated by yves behar, it investigates the current trend of open design around the six subthemes of crowdsourcing, platforms, blueprints, hacks, incompletes, and modules.

included in the show is my shaded lamp, part of the un-readymades series, my own exploration in the area of design democracy and personalization in 2007.

some additional info can be found at dexigner.

shaded-sconce-martin-konrad-gloeckle-02

what counts is that it functions

10/29/09

furnituremanufacturerresearch

vitra’s online design magazine features an article on egon bräuning, a toolmaker and trained mechanical engineer, who for decades was in charge of the furniture companies product development section.

brauning

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