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How to use the psychology principle of confirmation bias in UX design

Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favour, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s preexisting beliefs (Wikipedia). Confirmation bias is all about selectivity: selectivity in the data that you pay attention to, and how you processes that data. This cognitive bias has gotten a lot of ...
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Should you create an online course? What I learned building my own

I’ve been officially self-employed for 6 months now, and the journey has been every bit as much of a roller coaster as many long-time pros warn about. Self-doubt about how to spend your time and energy feel as inevitable for freelancers as commuting is for employees. I have made progress! ...
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Customer research: How to start when you don’t know where to start

You’ve been working on a startup, design, or project and know that you need some customer validation to move on to the next step. If you’ve never planned and executed a research project before, it might feel like a big task. But it doesn’t have to be! Doing research without ...
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My freelance UX site design in real-time [PART 3]

Welcome to the last installment of my real-time experiment, where I kickoff my freelance UX business in real time with a business strategy (part 1), a UX strategy (part 2), and now my website design. At the end of the day yesterday, I did this first draft sketch of my site, ...
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My freelance UX strategy in real-time [PART 2]

[Monday, April 16. 5:36 pm] In part 1 of this post, I outlined my business purpose and goals. I called it a business strategy, because it sets the direction for my business and path to how I think I will get there. But it doesn’t yet have a key component: ...
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My freelance business strategy in real-time [PART 1]

[April 12. 2:07pm] Welcome. Today I am developing my user experience strategy. I am just starting out as a self-employed user experience designer and strategist. My goal is to define and document how I sell and deliver my services so that I can build a website and marketing strategy. I’m ...
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Four things I learned from watching 100 people get an insurance quote

In the world of user experience (UX) design, web forms are a common challenge. As a company, or brand, or website, or designer — how do you get people to give you information? How do you motivate them to start? How do you make it easy to get all the way through? ...
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3 steps to work your way into a UX career

This post originally appeared on UX Planet User experience designer wanted, no experience necessary! Have you ever seen this in a job posting? I haven’t. I think it’s because user experience (UX) design is a field where success is determined by the ability to empathise, creatively solve problems, and influence others to ...
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