What you need to learn to be a good UX Researcher

What is UX Research?

According to the Interaction Design Foundation (IDF), UX Research is the systematic study of target users and their requirements, to add realistic contexts and insights to design processes of the user experience.

  • Validate suppositions about users and consumers and about our business and the market it belongs to.

Skills summary of a good UX Researcher

At this point, you may consider that becoming a good UX Researcher is something rather complex, or maybe, that implies understanding and executing a great variety of tasks. This is why, for your peace of mind, we have listed a small draft with a good UX Researcher main skills and knowledge.

Basic Social Science understanding

A UX Researcher will generally need to have knowledge or experience in some field related to the study of human behaviour, such as cognitive science, behavioural economy, anthropology, sociology or psychology.

Teamwork abilities

A UX Researcher must feel comfortable working within multidisciplinary teams, in agile work environments, as they perform different research methods. This way they will be able to support the design team to better understand users and their actual needs.

UX Research strategy planning

Just as we pointed out earlier, it is important that a good UX Researcher is able not only of performing different UX Research methods, but also weighing in the different objectives that back up the research, access to resources and other restrictions (such as timing, budgeting, technical or business restrictions, etc.) particular to each UX research or design project.

How to learn the basic skills needed for UX Research

If you want to broaden your knowledge and start a professional career as a UX Researcher, there are many ways to learn the foundations of user research.

Suggested publications

Human-Computer Interaction: An Empirical Research Perspective

Online UX Research courses

There are multiple alternative online formative courses, which will allow you to deepen your knowledge in UX Research.

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Torresburriel Estudio

User Experience & User Research agency focused on services and digital products. Proud member of @UXalliance