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Andrew Kucheriavy

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Recently, I have been approached by multiple early-career user experience (UX) professionals looking for guidance and advice, which inspired me to write this article. Besides drawing on my own quarter-century of experience, I have also asked my UX team to contribute their tips, compiling a comprehensive list of actionable insights that I'd like to share with the UX community. While some of the lessons are uniquely tailored to the intricacies of UX design, others are applicable to other professional practices.


At its core, UX is a multifaceted discipline that demands a diverse skill set. Yet, amid the multitude of techniques and methodologies, there is one skill that stands above all others: the ability to understand and empathize with human needs, behaviors, and emotions. In essence, UX design is fundamentally a human-centered endeavor, where success hinges not only on technical skills but also on the capacity to connect with people on a profound level.  

Here are the UX insights that I want to share with others who may be interested in UX: 

1. You are not the user. Beware of confirmation and consensus bias.

It's easy to fall into the trap of assuming that what works for you will work for your users. This is especially true if your preconceptions about your users were formed over a long course of your career. We see this all the time: the more senior the stakeholder, the more biased their perception typically is.

However, effective UX design requires stepping outside of your own perspective and truly understanding the needs and preferences of your target audience. Beware of confirmation bias, where you interpret information in a way that confirms your preconceptions, and consensus bias, where you prioritize conformity over critical thinking. Embracing diverse perspectives and conducting user research or a UX audit can help counteract these biases and ensure that your designs truly meet user needs.

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2. Test early and test often. It is not UX if you are not continuously talking to and testing with end users.

User testing is crucial for validating design decisions and identifying areas for improvement. By involving users early in the design process and regularly soliciting feedback, you can catch issues and identify opportunities before going live, and ensure that your product or service aligns with user expectations. Remember, UX design is an iterative process, and ongoing testing is essential for refining and optimizing the user experience.

3. Align UX strategies with business goals. Have a clear roadmap to achieve them.

Successful UX isn't just about creating enjoyable experiences—it's about driving tangible business outcomes. By understanding the business context and aligning UX strategies with overarching business goals, you ensure that your design efforts have a meaningful impact on the bottom line. Develop a clear roadmap based on research and business goals, ensure that it outlines how UX initiatives will support key business objectives, and regularly evaluate progress to ensure that your efforts are delivering measurable results.

4. Do not reinvent the wheel. Rely on established patterns. Balance innovation with what has been proven to work.  

While innovation is important in UX, it's equally crucial to leverage established patterns and conventions. Drawing on existing design principles and best practices can help you create intuitive interfaces that feel familiar and intuitive to users. Strike a balance between innovation and convention, incorporating novel ideas where appropriate while respecting the usability of established patterns for mission-critical components (such as navigation). By building on what works, you can create and refine experiences that are both innovative and user-centric.

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5. Less is always more. Keep it simple. Do not overengineer.  

In good UX, simplicity is key. Strive to streamline the user experience by eliminating unnecessary complexity and focusing on the essentials. Avoid the temptation to overengineer solutions or cram too many gimmicks into a single website or experience, as this can overwhelm customers and detract from its basic function. Instead, focus on clarity, efficiency, and ease of use, ensuring that every element serves a clear purpose and contributes to a seamless user experience. The same applies to copy. Less is more. 

6. It is OK to be wrong. Embrace change and adaptability.  

Achieving good UX is characterized by continuous iteration, and failure is an inevitable part of the process. Rather than viewing mistakes as setbacks, embrace them as opportunities for growth and learning. Maintaining a mindset of adaptability and resilience can help improve designs, incorporate feedback, and ultimately create more effective solutions. Remember, the path to success is rarely linear, and each failure brings you one step closer to achieving your goals.

7. Know the numbers. Back your case with hard data and evidence.  

In UX design, data-driven decision-making is essential for creating effective solutions. By conducting UX research and usability testing and gathering quantitative data through analytics tools and frameworks like SUS (System Usability Scale) or DES/P (Digital Experience Scale for Patients) and qualitative insights through user research, you can gain a deep understanding of user behavior and preferences. Use quantitative and qualitative data to inform your design decisions, validate hypotheses, and advocate for user-centric solutions within your organization. By backing your case with hard evidence, you can build credibility and ensure that your designs are grounded in reality rather than guesswork.

8. Cultivate empathy for users. Always put yourself in users’ shoes. Encourage others to do the same.

Empathy is at the heart of effective UX. By putting yourself in the shoes of your users, you can gain better understanding into their needs, motivations, and pain points, leading to more empathetic and user-centric designs. Encourage empathy not only within your own design team but across your organization as a whole. By fostering a culture of empathy, you can ensure that user needs are prioritized at every stage of the product development process, ultimately leading to more satisfying and impactful user experiences.

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9. Design for accessibility, inclusivity, and diversity. You have the power to improve the experience for those who may struggle the most.

Accessibility should be a cornerstone of good UX, ensuring that products and services are usable by people of all abilities and promoting equity and inclusion. We must adopt a user-centric approach that embraces the varied needs and preferences of all individuals, especially those within vulnerable demographics. This entails conducting research, integrating principles of user-centered design, implementing multilingual interfaces to overcome language barriers, working with focus groups, and ensuring accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

10. Understand the impact of culture on UX. Factor in cultural nuances, especially when designing across geographical borders.

Culture plays a significant role in shaping user expectations and behaviors. When designing for diverse audiences, it's essential to consider cultural nuances and preferences to ensure that your products and services resonate with users from different backgrounds. Conducting cross-cultural research, collaborating with local experts, and adapting your designs to specific cultural contexts can help you create experiences that are relevant and meaningful to users around the world. Embracing cultural diversity in your UX process will ensure that you create more inclusive and impactful solutions that resonate with a global audience.

11. Invest in mentorship, both as a mentor and a mentee. It is always a two-way street.

Mentorship is invaluable in the field of UX, providing opportunities for both personal and professional growth. Whether you're seeking guidance from experienced mentors or sharing your own knowledge with mentees, mentorship fosters a culture of learning and development within the UX community. By investing in mentorship, you can gain valuable insights, expand your skill set, and build meaningful connections with others in the industry. Remember that mentorship is a two-way street, and both mentors and mentees have much to gain from the exchange of knowledge and experience.


12. Collaborate across disciplines and business units: business, marketing, sales, IT, etc. Many complex UX solutions require cross-functional thinking.

Effective UX often requires collaboration across diverse disciplines and business units. Working closely with stakeholders from areas such as business, marketing, sales, operations, and IT, can help to gain a holistic understanding of user needs and business objectives. Foster open communication and collaboration, breaking down silos and leveraging the expertise of cross-functional teams to create comprehensive and impactful UX solutions.  

Undoubtedly, the road to mastery in UX can be long and arduous, marked by twists, turns, and unexpected obstacles along the way. Yet, for those who are passionate about the industry, every step of the journey is infused with purpose and meaning. Ultimately, the ability to shape the way people interact with technology and each other is a profound privilege—one that carries with it the potential to make a tangible difference in the lives of individuals and communities worldwide.

So, as we continue to push the boundaries of possibility in UX, let us do so with unwavering dedication, boundless creativity, and a relentless commitment to putting the needs of users front and center. For in the end, it's not just about crafting great experiences—it's about harnessing the power of design to enrich lives, foster inclusion, and pave the way toward a brighter, more human-centered future. 

Stay tuned for Part 2 of UX Insights.