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We’ve seen a number of cool rundowns of UX/UX research tools, including one we built for our UX Research Field Guide. The airtable format has become especially popular.
These are great, but it’s hard to get a sense of the landscape as cohesive whole when you’re filtering feature by feature.
We haven’t seen a UX equivalent of the famous “LUMAscape” that have made the vastness of the marketing tech landscape so clear, for instance.
There ARE some cool visuals such as:
but most suffer from a problem UX-ers will be very familiar with. It’s an information architecture issue. Once you’ve done the hard, subjective work of defining categories, many of the tools you use every day fall into at least 2 buckets. We thought a perhaps more useful and representative visual would embrace this overlap. That way you can avoid the overlap you don’t want, get it where you do want it, and hopefully quickly get a sense of where you might want to dig deeper depending on your needs.
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Like the LUMAscape example, part of the point here is “WOW, that’s a lot of SaaS. Hey, I used 35 of those things!” But as you think about areas you want to focus on building your UX and UX research abilities, tech can be a powerful tool in helping you get there. This could lead you to explore some new tools that could actually help you level up in your professional life.
At the same time, you may notice intersections that reveal new ways to streamline and get the most out of the UX tech you are already using.
This is V1 for us and we’ll keep it up to date as the landscape changes quickly. Did we leave out an app you love? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Research Ops & Tools
October 26, 2023
It’s seductive, the promise of the all in one. Why have 10 tools when you can have one? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a single source of truth for your team, a single place to collaborate and call your SaaS home, a way to save some money and reduce complexity? Of course it would be. The problem is, that’s not reality.