Thoughts on creating better digital experiences

Yelp vs Zomato: UX Wars

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Hungry? For many in the US, a Yelp search might be the first (and last) step in finding the perfect place to grab a bite. But with its acquisition of UrbanSpoon earlier this year, India-based restaurant reviewer Zomato is ready to throw down with Yelp on its home turf of North America.

We pitted these rivals against each other in a usability face-off to see which one offers the superior user experience to aspiring diners. After a few tests with real users, here’s what we found…

Crowdsourced usability in the wild: Testing UXCrowd with Serengetee

Herd of elephants milling around

Usability testing is important, but it can be hard to make time for poring over hours of video data. Can crowdsourcing usability analysis solve this dilemma? This is the question we set out to answer when we built UXCrowd, a voting-based platform for letting the users themselves identify the most critical issues of a website.

We ran a test with 30 users to see if the crowd’s analysis of an apparel website called Serengetee matched up with the site’s real usability issues.

Optimizing design with data: A case study with Crown Bees

What does data-driven design look like in action? We worked with conversion rate optimizer PayBoard to improve a niche commerce website called Crown Bees, an information and supplies site for amateur beekeepers. With a combination of quantitative visitor metrics and qualitative usability testing, we identified some critical ways in which the site could perform better.

Take me out to the ball game

Each year as spring arrives, the 30 teams of Major League Baseball head to Arizona and Florida to kick off spring training. Every day for a month and a half, the players train, drill, and play scrimmages in preparation for the regular season. This month and a half provides two valuable returns for the teams…

New horizons: Bringing UX to the survey design field

Surveys are everywhere. Millions go out every day, to people responding as customers, employees, citizens, members, attendees, and every other capacity. Seismic decisions rest on survey data; million-dollar sums hang in the balance. So much effort is put towards driving up response rates, and yet so little attention is paid to getting higher-quality data.

What are the obstacles to improving the quality of survey data? And how can UX help to solve these problems?

Higher ed and UX industry partnership: The EDU program

Partnering with the higher ed community

Hands-on learning is invaluable in the technology industry. In the world of UX design and web development, students have much to learn from industry experts.

TryMyUI's EDU Program supplements UX and design classes with research support, training, and access to industry experts. An educational partnership promises access to TryMyUI webinars, workshops, facetime with UX experts, and connections to TryMyUI partners in the tech industry.