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We often think of metrics as analytical things, devoid of any emotion. After all, an 11.5% conversion rate is just a number. It’s possible we consider it a good number (it’s better than an 8.5% conversion rate) or a poor number (we really wanted a 17.5% conversion rate), but that’s as much emotion as we’ll allow it.

User experience, on the other hand, is a very emotional thing. When we deliver a crappy design, our users become frustrated. When we push out a delightful design, we see our users showing joy.

We don’t want our users to become frustrated. Delivering non-frustrating designs takes hard work. …


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Increase subscription retention by 15% this quarter.

Increase new policy subscriptions by 20% this year.

These are common business outcomes, results the organization’s leadership wants to attain to keep the organization growing. Every business needs results like these to survive.

It’s a great day when the design team’s leadership can report they’ve played a major role in attaining these outcomes. …


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“In 250 words or less, tell us about the UX project you’re most proud of.”

We use a tailored form of this question when we’re helping clients with their UX hiring. While the specific question we ask candidates will vary, it does the same thing each time: It tells us which candidates to talk with first.

It’s a great prioritizing tool because, unlike a résumé or portfolio, it’s specific to the job we’re hiring for. For example, when our client was hiring a new senior designer to lead a massive design system implementation and rollout, we asked “Tell us about the biggest design system implementation and rollout you’ve ever led.”

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