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Here are resources that provide tips and guidance, especially for those working on technical projects with a privacy component
Design is all about making decisions. From a rebrand to a feature specification, from a new product to a new logo, every design change presents you with a fresh set of decisions. Personas are a way to help with those decisions.
While bigger companies have entire departments that do product design and market research, it can be difficult for smaller, distributed teams on a budget to get user feedback. We compiled a session guide to test your app with small groups, ideal for quick feedback at conferences and meetups.
We talked to Tails about user research as part of the development process.
This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES ‘17) showcased numerous internet of things (IoT) devices but was found wanting when it came to security concerns. In his UX of IoT report from CES, Scott Jenson assesses that “companies really, really, REALLY want to make home automation systems,” but how can we... (Read more)
In this installment of our series on resources for field research, we discuss the participant's bill of rights. Additional resources include screeners and model releases for photography.Why Consent MattersField research such as interviews and observations are an important part of Human-Centered Design. As important as learning about first-person, lived experiences... (Read more)
This post is part of a series explaining our publicly available resources for user research. The previous installment covered how to write screeners to recruit participants. This week, we discuss how to get model releases to share photos from user studies.One approach among manyAt Simply Secure, we strive to balance... (Read more)
A screener is a questionnaire that helps researchers recruit the most appropriate participants for their user study research.Here is an example we used for our mobile messaging study in NYC. Blue Ridge Labs handled the recruiting. Most of this screener's questions are a standard part of how they work with... (Read more)
When you're putting your heart and soul into designing, building, or improving a piece of software, tuning in to feedback from users can sometimes get you down.Imagine waking up one morning and finding your project is being mentioned on Twitter in a slew of messages like these:Thanks Snapchat. Your app... (Read more)
Are you part of the technical team? This list of resources will help you apply a design perspective to your development work.
Last week Gus and I gave a talk at Shmoocon in DC. The focus was on helping technologists who don't have experience in human-centered design processes conduct basic research to improve their existing open-source tools. We covered four basic steps that we believe even small or volunteer teams can take:... (Read more)
Our research on New Yorkers’ use of mobile messaging offers actionable insights into how to design secure communication tools for a mass audience.
Rather than view feature requests as a set of highly-divergent signals, it can help to try and group requests based on the underlying need that they speak to.
People who think about computer security for a living sometimescringe when they read about the subject in the popular press.Security is a complex and nuanced topic, and it’s easy to makeassertions that don’t hold up to careful scrutiny. One basic-but-unintuitive principle is that security is not abinary property: in the... (Read more)