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by Darren Hood, MSUXD

Originally published in 2016, this piece was written as a partner post to “When a UX Professional Speaks.” It provides additional insights into the psyche and persona of UX professionals, helping aspiring UXers, stakeholders, and leaders to understand how true UX professionals are wired. After all…


by Darren Hood, MSUXD

With all of the book recommendation lists I’ve created, I was a little surprised at myself for waiting so long to create this one. UX research (UXR) is extremely popular today. …


by Darren Hood, MSUXD

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This UXUncensored blog entry was based on observations beginning in 2003 and written in 2016. They still ring true today.

Have you ever been in a meeting where a team member (not a UXer) presented an idea and desired that it be accepted — without any…


by Darren Hood, MSUXD

I usually write about things pertaining to UX, but today’s musing (while overlapping and being relevant to happenings in UX) has stirred me to share my thoughts on the subject.

Would you believe me if I said that “imposter syndrome is all the rage today?” There…


by Darren Hood

Introduction

With the masses rushing to get into UX, in the midst of all the skills being taught and discussed, there is a lack of soberness that’s left out of the zeal and/or the accompanying insights are omitted from the “career sales pitches.” Truth is, while UX is…


by Darren Hood

Introduction

Some people are wondering why I would write such an article and what it has to do with user experience. Well, this article shares insights about giving and reading reviews, helping US to have and provide better user experiences in an arena we don’t seem to consider.


by Darren Hood

There are lots of folks out there today who spend time trying to convince people about what they call “the best way to learn.” One of the most interesting things about the vast majority (if not all) of these folks is that they’re not educators. They don’t…


by Darren Hood

How do you define UX? I’ll explain why I’m asking in just a bit. Before we talk about what UX is, let’s consider what it is not:

  • Thought of by many to focus only on aesthetics.
    It’s not the job of UX professionals to “make things look good.”…

by Darren Hood

Time for another book recommendation list (and this one’s overdue). As mentioned in a recent post, information architecture (IA) has been a forgotten and/or overlooked part of user experience for several years now. This is grossly inappropriate for several reasons. …


by Darren Hood

I spend time talking to and/or hearing concerns from up-and-coming UX professionals all over the world. The most common story involves the challenges and frustrations associated with finding their first UX job.

First things first…. I get it. Many of the aforementioned folks don’t think that senior…

UX Uncensored

Darren Hood: UX pro (20+ yrs), adjunct professor, international conf. speaker, founder of Kaizen UX Consulting & Education, & host of The World of UX podcast

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