Websites have come a long way since 90s atrocities like arngren.net**. Today, user experience applied to web design keeps developers and designers from repeating the crimes of internet history. A few brilliant minds steering UX as a force for good are these 3 women of UX who will change how you view your website in terms of what is doing right (or wrong) to serve its purpose, for you and for your target customers.
(we promise to never post 90s websites again).
Women of UX: Kim GoodWin
By the time we’ve listed the companies and seed-level startups who’ve benefited from Kim’s 25+ years of experience in UX and UX research, the list will likely have grown.
What’s Kim Most Known For?
In her book, Kim brings together topics sweeping the entire UX spectrum and brings to life the theory with intuitive real-life examples.
What Does Kim’s Work Teach You About Your Website?
What word would you put after ‘UX’? If the first word you hear in your head was ‘design’ then there’s a valuable lesson in Kim’s work.
UX is ‘Research’ First, ‘Design’ Second. Without research, there is no UX design.
Your website—and the marketing activities that feed into it—will continually miss the mark, waste budget and fail to meet objectives.
‘Personas’ Are Models, Not People.
Let’s say you’re running campaigns, building new landing pages, website copy or email sequences. Defining buyer personas is often a marketer’s go-to as one of the early steps.
Some marketers will make this mistake: Creating buyer personas as the people they want to buy their product or service or the people they assume will.
This simple slide from Kim Goodwin’s 2011 presentations at London UX (now UX Fest) offers a little insight marketers can use when creating personas.
Two subtle lessons:
1. ‘Personas’ are a model of current human behaviour NOT a remit or job title picked out of thin air.
2. Personas are derived from contextual research data NOT through assumptions made about your audience during a Monday meeting.
Many marketers will shy away from spending budget on proper, deep user research to pin down detail-rich personas that guide marketing and website projects.
Without the research, the long-term outcomes are often more expensive.
Women of UX: Patricia Reiners
Berliner Patricia Reiners focuses her UX energy into ‘offline’ innovation design and ‘thinking beyond the screen’. Follow her Twitter feed and you’ll be treated to all sorts of exotic real-world UX ideas using augmented reality.
What’s Patricia Most Known For?
In her Medium roundup of Top 10 UX Trends for 2021, Patricia forecasts that in 2021 (and beyond) web design will start stepping outside of its comfort zone of designing website experiences user expect.
Patricia writes on her Medium channel:
What Can Patricia Teach You About Your Website?
Although Patricia’s work in UX is in exotic future concepts like the internet of things (IoT) and augmented reality, many of the lessons are relevant for how businesses think about today’s website design.
The Safe Design Option Isn’t Always the Best Option
Patricia’s UX thinking advocates for stepping away from established norms and the industry center of website design gravity.
Brands can take inspiration from Patricia’s work that it’s ok to shake things up so long as functional experiences are always at the heart of designs.
Ultimately, great website design isn’t beautiful because it looks nice, it’s beautiful because it functions beautifully.
Women of UX: Katie Dill
Katie’s experience spans industrial and digital design as well as user research and business strategy. Follow her on Medium and you’ll learn from her writing about the challenges she’s dealt with leading UX teams at notable brands.
What’s Katie Most Known For?
Her stage presentations: Balancing Order and Chaos in UX
What Can Katie Teach You About Your Website?
Katie’s work at Airbnb focused strongly on helping build user trust in relationships between strangers, while also helping travelers find the right travel destination.
We all know how well that went, with Airbnb becoming a byword for holiday stays around the world. How did Katie’s work build that trust, and what can other businesses learn?
Consistency in Brand Coherence and User Experience is Key
Part of the reason we’re so used to finding holiday accommodation via Airbnb today (besides their rock solid policies and fraud checks) is thanks to Katie’s work creating brand touch points and customer experiences that conveyed trust through design across all channels.
Brands that emulate Katie’s approach across their website (and other channels) will consistently score higher website metrics and improve customer lifetime value figures.
Perhaps we can do the same for you? See our work and talk to us about ironing out those website performance issues you keep putting off.