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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

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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…

UX meets AI – Can designers and their ideas still be saved?

Thomas Immich
Thomas Immich
March 28th, 2023

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Particularly in the IT & tech industry, many players like to talk about “disruptive innovations” and how much these can result in a massive shift in economic weights. If you take a closer look, only a few such disruptions actually took place until recently. The Metaverse is not getting sufficient user numbers despite gigantic investments, e-cars are displacing established internal combustion vehicles far too slowly, and voice assistants like Alexa are being abandoned by Google as part of a wave of layoffs. read more…

Cognitive Bias in UX Research: A Survival Guide

Alessandra Rodrigues Eismann
Alessandra Rodrigues Eismann
February 16th, 2023

In UX Research, we want to obtain objective insights on the behavior, needs, and motivations of users. UX research is important for UX design and development to ensure that decisions are always made with the user in mind. However, since UX research is done by humans, these insights are always affected by cognitive bias. How can we, as UX researchers, minimize the influence of these biases? And what is cognitive bias anyway? read more…

Sample Size in Usability Tests and User Interviews – Less is More?

Marvin Mader

User research in the form of usability tests or user interviews has become an indispensable part of the UX world, especially when it comes to developing or improving a product. Developers gain insight into what users really need and what potential problems there may be with the product. A key point of research is the selection of the right sample. If the sample is not meaningful or representative for the defined user group, the validity of the findings and thus the quality of the product will suffer. read more…

The Branding Tool for UX Writers: The Voice & Tone Guide

Catharina Kelle
Catharina Kelle
December 15th, 2022

What was UX Writing again?

UX Writing – this is the discipline that deals with language as an essential part of user experience and develops methodologies to implement great microcopy for buttons, error messages, help texts, onboardings and much more.

In my last blog article, I wrote a little introduction to UX Writing, which you can read here: What is UX Writing and why we need it in branding.

And what is Voice & Tone?

The UX Writing ground rules clear concise useful – consistent conversational provide good guidance on how we as UX writers can write good microcopy that is effective and does a good job for our users. read more…

What is UX Writing and why we need it in branding

Catharina Kelle
Catharina Kelle
October 25th, 2022

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Look at these sentences and words. Do you feel well met and taken seriously in your situation? Do you understand what the problem is? Do you know what to do next? Do you know exactly what will happen when you click the button? If you answered mostly no, I have good news: with good UX writing, such UI texts are passé. J

UX Writing is a relatively young field in the UX world. Especially on the German market, UX Writing is not yet established. As a UX Writer it is therefore an important part of the job to explain what we do, how we do it and why. In this blog article I want to pick you up, explain what UX Writing is and why we can’t afford to continue to treat all the little texts and words in our digital products stepmotherly. read more…

Agile Product Development and UX Design – Better together

Martin Hesseler

Produktentwicklung Meeting

Agile product development today

Software is developed in an agile way these days. Everyone knows that. It makes sense. In today’s world, requirements change so quickly that there’s no other way to keep up. And you want to release every two months. New features, fixed bugs. That’s what customers want. Thanks to current technologies, this is possible. This has also reached the upper echelons of the many companies that are increasingly having to become software manufacturers due to digitalization in all industries. And the competition is doing the same. So buy scrum masters, retrain product managers to become product owners, read 1-2 blogs, restructure the software department a bit and off you go!

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How to engage GraphQL, .Net and React together – Part IV: React, GraphQL and the amazing Apollo Client

Ulrike Kulzer

Hello! 🙂 I’m Ulrike, a media informatics student in my master’s degree and currently an intern at Centigrade. During my internship one of my tasks was finishing the VedaVersum app together with Mikhail. We wanted to create the application using .NET, GraphQL and React as a knowledge base where team members can log in and write, edit and delete articles (see first blog article). In this part of the series, I’d like to share my approach to link the frontend with the backend with you and briefly report how I fared as a React and GraphQL newbie. read more…

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