What’s in my UX toolkit?

Screengrab of UX Checklist

Firstly, what is a UX toolkit? It’s a compilation of the tools you use to help undertake your job more efficiently and effectively. You won’t necessarily use everything in your toolkit on every project, but it’s a great place to find the right tool for the job at hand. The tool you choose will go some way to shaping the final product.

I like to think of my toolkit as a buddy who is there to remind me of processes and methodologies as much as providing me with the tools I need. My toolkit is made up of checklists, research, design and collaboration based tools.

 

Checklists:

UX checklist – the best checklist out there!

18F method cards – use these ideas to kickstart and develop your project

Mozilla’s open innovation toolkit – as above – lots of ideas to kickstart and develop

Usability checklist – run through this prior to usability testing with your users

Practical UX Methods – a library of UX methods

 

Screengrab of UX Checklist
screengrab from UX Checklist

 

Research & Analytics:

Google Analytics – goes without saying

Crazy Egg and Mouseflow – heatmapping tools

Ethn.io – a great way to recruit users and manage user research

Whatusersdo and Loop11– remote user testing

SurveyMonkey – survey software

Optimizely – A/B and multivariate testing made simple

Optimal workshop – tree testing, card sorting, first click testing and so much more!

 

Design:

Pen and paper – in my opinion, it’s the best and quickest way to get an idea across

Axure – not the newest kid on the block, but it’s my ‘go to’ tool

Photoshop – as above – pretty old school compared to what is available to UX Designers now

Marvel – quick, simple interactive prototyping tool

 

If you’re interested in hands on UX Design, I’d recommend looking into SketchInVision and UX Pin for your toolkit as these are currently the industry preferences. 

 

Collaboration:

Face to face – it’s easy to forget the best way to communicate requires no software

Trello – an excellent planning tool with a super simple workflow

Slack – messaging, file sharing, search, video calls, archiving and way more!

Airtable – I’m only just starting to explore this software, but love the possibilities it offers – spreadsheet meets database

Jira – software development tool often necessary when integrating with your tech team

 

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