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Paul Olyslager

Paul is the creator and editor of, a blog about User Experience, Usability and Design. Currently he's working as an interface designer for a newspaper publisher, doing A/B testing on the website and optimizing newsletters. Follow the author on Twitter
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Why The User Experience Can Or Cannot Be Designed

This is a guest post by our friend Paul Olyslager.

It seems an endless discussion whether the user experience can or cannot be designed. The difficulty of the discussion lies in the level of abstraction. I believe that is because everything is an experience and everyone is a user. There is no standard definition, nor consensus among the practitioners, of what experience design really is.

In this article I hope to shed some light on the issue. I will share my thoughts about the difficulties to design the user experience and give some practical tips how to overcome this challenge.
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