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 Our blog is written by Research Associates who work at the UXC while completing a Master's in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley. We hope you find some useful information and learn something new while you're here!



Formative UX Study Data Analysis: 2 Simple Recipes 

 Analysis of data often presents the most daunting challenges- especially for new UX practitioners. A formative test with eight participants can generate many pages of text data. Just looking at so much text can be overwhelming. There are many tools and approaches to help us analyze this type of data and this blog includes two simple recipes that make the task of data analysis less daunting.

September 28, 2017

Developing Better Experiences Through Empathetic Design

At the heart of it empathetic design is knowing your users, researching and predicting their most stressful moments, and designing and testing for them. This can be accomplished through the creation of diverse user personas, being intentional in design, and conducting user research where your users are, both physically and emotionally.

August 24, 2017


Three Steps to Designing Online Communities

Forums are as old as the Internet. Before Social Media, Forums and IRC are what brought people together in the virtual space. But in the world of Social Media, remote teams and collaborative tools, where do forums fit and how can they complement other tools to bring distinct value? Here are three design steps that curators and forum owners can take to achieve user engagement...

July 24, 2017


Podcasts You Need to Check Out for UX

 A curated list of the top podcasts recommended for UX practitioners and enthusiasts. It’s not your conventional UX podcast list – covering UX-related topics ranging from design, human behavior, and culture to innovation and storytelling.

April 10, 2017

Machine Learning: What UX Designers Need to Know

After watching the Amazon Go store video that shows the awesome ‘Just Walk Out’ Shopping experience I decided it is the time to learn more about machine learning and how it can be related to UX! With some quick research here is what I have learned and how it applies to UX designers.

February 17, 2017

Usability Studies and Participants with Disabilities: What you Need to Know

Accessibility and usability are two qualities on the same continuum.  Both are equally important when evaluating the overall user experience.  However in most cases usability is not considered when considering the experiences of individuals with disabilities.  This article provides some best practices on incorporating feedback from all users.


August 17, 2016

4 Things I Learned from a 30-day Sketching Project (and You Should Too!)

Designers should be ready to sketch at a moment’s notice as soon as a problem arises. I decided to sketch 30 experiences in 30 days, here are a 4 things I learned from the experience.

Jul 27, 2016

The 8 Hour UX Challenge

Ever wondered what could be accomplished by embracing design thinking and tackling real world UX challenges in a short period of time? This blog post shows how we push forward ideas from ideation to prototype in just 8 hours.

July 14, 2016

How Google’s Data Digging Changed Me For The Better

There is a growing concern about what all of the data mining efforts surrounding "big data" are really used for.  Is it good or bad?

This article aims to show both sides and provide some insight on how giving a little bit of your data can translate into the design of transformational products that have the power to change human behavior.

June 16, 2016

The Future of UX: Is Technology Leaving Us Behind?

Technology is a way of life. However, it's advancing at a pace in which one has to question; is it leaving us all behind?

This expert panel discussion was organized to round up the Boston area tech community to explore the future of user experience as we know it and create dialog of what's next for us in the technology space.

May 9, 2016

5 Tweets: UXPA Boston 2016 Conference

UXPA Boston’s Conference was held this past Friday, April 29th in Boston. Here’s a very quick recap if you missed it.

May 3, 2016

UX Challenge: Shifting Your Perspective

My dad has Multiple Sclerosis. This means a few different things. It means that he uses double crutches to walk short distances and a wheelchair for longer ones. It also means that he is much more aware that this world has not been designed for those who have disabilities. 

Apr 20, 2016

Make Your Language Reflect the User's Vision, Not Yours

Your website offers a product, service, or experience that your users may have never heard of. Though the text on your website may accurately describe how a product or service technically works, a user will draw on their individualized mental map of prior knowledge and experience to understand how a new product is similar or different from what they already know. How can you find out if users understand your product through your website’s language?

Mar 14, 2016

The UX Portfolio: Why You Need More Than One

Just a few weeks ago, I had NO IDEA how to start my UX portfolio. Zip, zero, zilch. The only thing I knew was that I was expected to have one, and that I needed to start, pronto. So I talked to fellow masters’ students, hiring managers, industry professionals and professors to see what their best advice was, and I’ve pulled it all together here. If you’re wondering how to start a UX portfolio or website, check out these top portfolio tips from industry professionals. 

Feb 24, 2016

The UX of Explaining UX

Explaining what user experience is can be a surprisingly daunting task, especially if your audience is not at all familiar with the field. Check out these helpful tips that will enable you to more confidently spread the word about UX to family, friends, and colleagues alike.

Dec 21, 2015

Welcome to the UXC Blog!

We would like to welcome you to the UXC Blog. We are excited to be able to share all the interesting work coming out of the UXC. 

Dec 21, 2015