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Our AI assistant for sustainable UX design: a look behind the scenes of development

Alica Anschütz, Kevin Gaffga, Simone Hüning
March 28th, 2024

Sustainable UX Design App Illustration

In today’s world, sustainability is more present than ever, while at the same time we are using more and more technology in our everyday lives. In the best case scenario, we combine these things. Unfortunately, most UX designers lack the theoretical knowledge to do this, which is where our media project comes in. We have developed an assistant realised with artificial intelligence. As a web application, this helps users to consider sustainability directly in LeanScope AI and to comply with the associated laws and guidelines. With Leanscope AI, CX and UX professionals can easily generate proto-personas, enrich them with UX research data and then even chat and brainstorm ideas with these personas. This makes it possible to gain a deeper understanding of the target group. The tool was developed in close cooperation with Centigrade. read more…

When designers are lost for words in times of AI and midjourney

Aline Barré
Aline Barré
February 14th, 2024

Art Room Illustration

A picture is worth a thousand words. But what words are needed to describe a picture?

We used to push pixels and spend hours on tutorials to learn many complex design tools. At some point during our studies, we decided on a specific topic and specialized in order to find a job on the market later on. I, for example, decided on visual design in the big UX design bubble. But since Midjourney and co. have moved into my everyday life, I can suddenly imitate almost any design and art style with words, without ever having invested an hour in the manual technique or even having opened a single conventional design tool. That’s impressive at first, but then also terrifying.

If, as a designer, I can suddenly access any style without having to learn it, the question arises as to which skillset we need to strengthen in the future in order to avoid becoming replaceable. A year ago, I wouldn’t have thought I’d be saying this. But as things stand, I would say that we urgently need to work on our vocabulary. read more…

Can AI increase our empathy towards users?

Carla Biegert
January 31st, 2024

KI Love Illustration

„What do successful User Experience professionals have in common? Empathy. “ – Kathryn Whitenton, Nielsen Norman Group [1]

Empathy is one of the most common buzzwords in the UX industry, it is assumed to be an important skill and – according to an employee of the Nielsen Norman Group – apparently even distinguishes good from bad UX professionals. But what does it actually mean to be empathetic and what impact could an AI-based tool have on it? read more…

Positive-UX and experience interviews

Sarah Kempf
Sarah Kempf
November 8th, 2023
Keyvisual Design feel

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What is Positive (User) Experience?

Positive UX sounds good! Everyone wants to achieve a positive experience in the context of using products, right? But what exactly does the term mean and how did it come about? Isn’t it already included in User Experience and why is “Positive X” so important? read more…

UX Accessibility 101

Catharina Kelle
Catharina Kelle
October 26th, 2023

Accessibility

Great, now we have to worry about that too? Do we have to spend a lot of money and change everything, and then our digital product looks uglier than before? And all this effort just for a small group of people with disabilities? Besides, our users haven’t complained yet, so our accessibility can’t be that bad. read more…

Lean & long-lasting – approaches for sustainable UX projects

Miriam Julius
Miriam Julius
October 9th, 2023

Sustainable UX Mockup

The general discourse on sustainability is often about resources, energy and waste avoidance. What does sustainability mean for digital products? Digitally, there is no waste, and resources are rather indirect. But the IT sector is responsible for 4% of global CO2 emissions, the same amount as global air travel causes. Where do these emissions come from? read more…

AI: Superpower in Visual and UX Design?

Hannah Dietel
August 31st, 2023
Visual und UX Designer arbeiten mit KI

Cover generated by Midjourney. Prompt: Visual designers working with AI to develop creative software solutions.

This blog already offers a diverse collection around the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) from the various disciplines that work all under one roof at Centigrade. Of course, visual and ux design cannot be missing from this. In this blog post, I look at the current state and shed light on whether and how we visual designers at Centigrade are already harnessing the potential of AI. I ask myself and others how we envision a future symbiosis between our discipline and this technology. In this context, we will also talk about the current number 1 design and prototyping platform: Figma and how the platform plans to integrate AI into the design process in the future. What also concerns us: the democratisation of design and how this will also turn amateurs into “designers” with the help of AI. read more…

AIs like GitHub Copilot can program – Is my job in danger?

Ulrike Kulzer
Ulrike Kulzer
July 31st, 2023

Hi 🙂 I’m Ulrike, I’m studying media informatics in my master’s degree, and I’ve been a working student at Centigrade since my internship in the engineer department here last summer. Since artificial intelligence (AI) has become a hot topics, at least since the release of ChatGPT, some people are afraid that AIs like Midjourney (AI that generates images according to instructions) or GitHub Copilot (AI that assists in programming) might take their jobs. So we decided to take a look at it from the perspective of a junior developer. Should I be worried about my professional future, too?

Thus I have been experimenting with GitHub Copilot for the past few weeks and I’d like to share my experiences with you in this blog post. read more…

AI-driven design systems in the Continuous UX toolkit

Thomas Immich
Thomas Immich
June 7th, 2023

illustration ux-design system

Digital products become more complex with each year and interoperate in systemic contexts. Companies are therefore increasingly thinking in terms of platforms and digital ecosystems instead of monolithic large-scale products. To master complexity, the establishment of an overarching design system is therefore one of the most important strategic factors in the user-centric era. read more…

How to get started with UX Metrics

Kim Qazi

ux metrics illustration

Welcome to my first blog post ever. How did we get here?

I’ve recently joined Centigrade and (at the risk of this sounding like an ad) I can truly say that it has been a great experience. Employees are not just treated like a “human resource” but like real people. I’ve been given autonomy, responsibility and above all trust. I have to say that really feels great! Instead of overloading me as a new employee with a million projects, I’ve been onboarded to just one and I’ve had the opportunity to research a topic of my choice and write this blog post about it. UX metrics have always been of interest to me, particularly how to integrate it at a low cost/effort in order to get more stakeholder buy in so it was an easy choice for me. A quick note before I get started for the spelling sharks among us: I always capitalize User for obvious reasons, so don’t get hung up on that. Here we go! read more…

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