5 tips for successful UX research and testing

A UX designer takes notes while doing UX research and testing as a woman uses a tablet
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UX research and testing plays a vital role in the process of designing successful and engaging user experiences, but many people get it wrong or give it only cursory attention. Part of the problem is that UX research is not an exact science. Some approaches to UX research and testing work for some companies, but other very different approaches may work for others. So amid such differing views, just how should you approach user research and testing in UX design?

To find out, we asked seven UX pros to tell us about how they do their UX research. We then condensed their advice into a list of tips to help guide your own approach. As we've already noted, there is no one answer, and we're not saying that this is the last word in UX research and testing, but more a guide to the key considerations to bear in mind.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.