Best Practice Research

Best Practice Research means that we explore and collect interaction design and user interface patterns in order to create a starting point for our thinking.

How does it help

Our collection of Best Practices will only provide a reference point for the initial phases of the UX design process. However, it is useful to know what are the interface patterns that should not be reinvented, for example it would be really surprising if clicking on your logo in the upper left corner of your site would lead to the contact form.

What will you get

You will get a detailed documentation of what are the widely used design patterns for the problems you try to address with your product or service. We also point out the solutions that should be avoided. It should be highlighted, that it is not about listing out the current design trends. We will do the research with your target audience in mind.

While there are certainly no definitive ways of doing things that will work for every target audience, there are some guidelines, patterns which can be used as a starting point for testing assumptions. There is an important thing we need to mention: the Best Practice Research does not mean that we collect the ideas, and then you can just safely use someone else’s solutions. You have unique goals and context, and so do you users. That is why we start the process with a Stakeholder Interview, where we discuss these goals. Then we determine what are the problems we would like to address, what is the scope of the search. As the next step, we collect solutions, and attach our recommendations (pointing out the caveats as well).

What is the process

These are the steps of our Best Practice Research process:

  • Understanding your and your users' goals
  • Determining the scope
  • Searching for patterns, best practices
  • Collecting patterns that should be used
  • Determining solutions that should be avoided
  • Creating a summary of the findings