May 1, 2023
What is User research? Sticking and poking until you find essential information that makes you go - “AHA!”. It also involves detective work, going to the source (the users), asking them questions, and observing their behaviour, needs, and motivations using different detective (observation) techniques, task analysis, and other feedback methodologies.
User research is the methodic study of target users — including their needs and pain points — so designers have the sharpest possible insights to work with to make the best designs. User researchers use various methods to expose problems and design opportunities, and find crucial information to use in their design process. — Interaction Design Foundation
Why is User research so interesting to you Nikoleta? Well, well, how can I put it? You see, we come again to the concept of diving into the unknown chaos of all types of data and information, creating a structure (framework) based on our goals and what we are specifically looking for. And then gathering and synthesising the clues and evidence into one document of truth that further on we can use as our guide into later design process stages.
What a simple user research might look like then? It may look something like this:
And now, what is left is to prepare! Prepare a guide for how you want your sessions to look, open and closing, the type of questions you want to ask, and the hypothesis you want to test. Have a cheat sheet reminding you how to have an effective session. Review the input and share your results!
For now, that’s the big picture of how a variety of user research might look like, and more specifically the one including user interviews. And let’s be honest, that’s the fun part, talking to the users and observing them.
P.S. If you want to be part of my curious journey, you can find me on also on Instagram @angelova.nikoleta.design and LinkedIn (Nikoleta Angelova).
And always stay curious! 😊
You are also in luck! I am currently available for collaborations.