I will be speaking at Microsoft’s “Campfire” event in Singapore on April 13. I will be talking about the role of prototyping throughout the project lifecycle, and also about working with the Metro design language on Windows Phone and Windows 8.
Sometimes it’s hard to know how much up-front research to do when embarking on a User Experience Design project. User Research can sometimes feel “fluffy” and it’s not always easy to point out the links between design decisions made and specific findings from the research phase. Nevertheless, there is an argument for always doing some research – and that’s because every bit of user research makes you into a better designer overall, even if the immediate benefit to any one design project is less clear.