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Designers need to research

There have been many articles written on whether designers should learn to code. I believe it to be part of the craft, and something that will help you be a better designer by knowing the medium in which your designs are built. However, I feel user research is one skill that is more helpful to master as a designer than coding.

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Experience Design & Research Life Cycle

This is a high level diagram I created for use in communicating to stakeholders, project managers, and development teams how Experience Design and Research fits into an overall product / development process

Any User-Centered process is going to have
Discovery, Design, and Development phases as part of the cycle

There are many diagrams around the UX design process that have been created over the last decade or more. There is the double diamond of the Design Thinking and the recent UX & Agile diagram by Jeff Gothelf. However, none of them really captured the entire cycle that ties previous development which is often the source or a starting point for new development.

Below is a pdf with details on design and research activities that might be used in each phase.

Download the Detailed Experience Design & Research Cycle PDF