A more qualitative look at analytics data

Analytics data is typically used to better understand behaviour at scale: where do users go first? Where do they go next? Which pages do they spend most time on? Where do they get stuck? These questions are usually answered by looking at the aggregate data of many users. Looking across many users helps spot patterns. […]

Calendar analysis: my day-to-day as a Principal UX Researcher

Week overview showing balance of evaluative and generative research focus per activity

How do you assess whether a job matches what you are looking for? How do you get a sense of the day-to-day work, beyond what a job advert, organisation’s website, and interview panel may disclose? I’ve done dozens of hiring interviews – some from the perspective of a candidate – but I can’t say any […]

HCI/UX research: what methods do we use?

Zoomed in segment of overview of study types

Does HCI/UX research rely more on qualitative or quantitative measures? How many participants do we typically involve? And for how long? I had a look at 1014 studies published at the CHI2020 conference to investigate which research methods are typically used. Data First a bit of context: at CHI2020 a total of 756 papers made […]

A tiny data story

20 taupe and 20 black/white pattern fabric swatches

The value of data increases with size: the more data you have, the more your dataset is worth. But, personally, I’ve always been fascinated with tiny data – the stuff that is perhaps more collection than dataset, more anecdote than evidence. Last year I stumbled upon some tiny data. On my late grandmother’s desk, right […]

How many participants do researchers recruit? A look at 678 UX/HCI studies

Table showing number of participants per study

While the number of participants is only one of many factors in producing a good study, I thought it would be interesting to see how many participants are typically involved in UX/HCI research. So I had a look at all the papers published at CHI2018, the largest – and arguably most prestigious – Human-Computer Interaction […]