My folks are the ultimate UX practitioners. They made parenting look so darned simple (which, for the record, it's really not).

Behind my carefree upbringing was a complex structure that I couldn't see; a constantly evolving architecture of morality, ethics, education and boundaries. My folks had some pretty stern error messages too, but, I'll not lie, they were necessary. Their project is ongoing, but requires fewer updates these days.

I'm a London based practitioner bringing UX into real life, and real life into UX.

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What's in my UX toolkit?

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 and guides:

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




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!

Dovetail - research repository


Design:

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

Sketch - design and quick prototyping

InVision - design and prototyping

UX Pin - design and prototyping

Axure – design and prototyping

Marvel – quick, simple interactive prototyping tool

Principle - animation and interaction


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!

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



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