Watercolour picture of armed  knight and castle
Watercolour picture of armed  knight and castle

Once upon a time, there was a Designer Charming. He researched all possible cognitive biases and fully learned the Psychology Magic. So when the new project started, he got his armor of cognitive tricks and applied all of them in collaboration with stakeholders. He also had a magic helmet that protected him from having his own biases. So having a sincere heart and good thoughts, he completely understood stakeholders’ agendas and approved a new product approach on the first attempt. And all the users started using the product and lived happily ever after.

Nice fairytale, isn’t it?

Not far ago…

Person’s going through the maze on the beach with rocks
Person’s going through the maze on the beach with rocks
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In my previous article 5 cognitive tricks to remember when designing digital product I started exploring biases that can help us understand people better and therefore design products keeping in mind inalienable factor — human psychology. This time I would like to continue topic highlighting that “we are human after all”, therefore designers suffer from cognitive biases as much as their users.

Below I’ve presented 5 effects, each with small explanation and usage. At the end of the article, you’ll find little philosophical reflection on ethical design, regarding using cognitive stuff in our work.

🗂 Serial-position effect

It is the tendency of a…

Rubik’s cube
Rubik’s cube
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I bet it happened to you — when you see something and have that strange gut feeling that something is wrong. You have no clue what it is, but you know that somewhere deep inside, you don’t like it. Most of the time, this feeling has a reasonable explanation for our unconsciousness. It signalizes us that our brain wants to protect us from something uncertain.

Today we’ll talk about cognitive biases that influence our perception of everything. As our unconsciousness can affect our thought and judgment, it will be good to follow some core principles.

In this article, I’ll focus…

You can hardly find a person today who haven’t ever heard of blockchain with its promise of security, immutability and transparency. Decentralized, distributed, tokenised networks are now top of mind for nearly every business leader. We can see businesses and even entire governments investing in blockchain initiatives. While more and more decentralised apps are entering the market, I decided to take a closer look at what it takes to create a UX design for blockchain and how to do it right.

“Business leaders need to be thinking about and they should be worried about and they should be getting excited…

Mariia Hrabovska

Product Designer

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