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Perfection in the UX design process

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Servage

Quest for Perfection in the UX Design ProcessDesigning for user experiences have tightly woven in the normal web or mobile development process in small to big projects alike. Therefore, our UX designers have to take active step since the beginning of the project and they are reaching at the pick when project is getting approval nodes from the client and all stakeholder during wireframe and prototype preparations.

In modern days, we have a range of devices that need their own user experiences like pointing devices experiences in huge desktops and touch experiences in case of smartphones or tablets. Therefore, simulating those all details of user experiences at first hand in wireframe process is bit unattainable task even for a seasoned web and mobile development team.

Usually we make some differences in wireframes and prototypes while designing them in practice. We keep just outline of important interfaces with minimum stories of interactions in wireframe preparation so we can go quickly but superficially comprehensive with clients. We add enough details in prototypes as visual clues, but neither code nor perfect live interactions in prototypes.

Wireframes for Quick Overviews

As discussed above, our intentions behind wireframe preparation is to go quickly, but in present era with fatty and lengthy projects involving lots of intricacy don’t permit us to finish our initial meeting with clients within minutes or a few hours. If you closely examine the all steps you are going to depict in your wireframes are not essential or have contextual importance in first or second meetings with clients.

Therefore, I would like to request you to sort out one or two or a few highly important UIs or steps and focus on them during meetings. The smartest way is to take the most challenging UIs with details in your initial wireframes and discuss with your clients since your clients are aware of such challenges and may be eager to know that how you are dealing effectively with them. This way you will win the good wills of your patrons at first hand and that will smooth your development process further by avoiding distractions from your clients.

Depict Complete User Journeys in Short

Once you accomplish the presentation of the important UIs in initial meetings, your clients will have to wait for the presentation of entire wireframe documents involving details of the project. In due course, you have to depict the complete user journeys in final wireframes where you have to fill the gaps you left before and tell full-length stories of your users and their interactions in between the UIs.

Many smart web and mobile app developers are again cutting the meeting time and boredom for their patron by pruning many common tasks in wireframe and only focusing on the meat portion of the process.

High Fidelity Wireframes Reward the Most

Since we are living in high-tech era, we have enough tools to do live and interactive wireframes and prototypes to describe our entire UX designing process in exciting manner. Therefore, I would like to take help of latest animation aiding tools for wireframes and some HTML based tools to simulate browser experiences in real-time manners. There are many Adobe’s products like InDesign let you make animated wireframes as well as Sketchflow of Microsoft makes things easy.

However, spending time on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript based high fidelity wireframe preparation only worth in intricate and high budgeted projects, otherwise avoid them and take some browser-based plugins to accomplish your tasks quickly and with satisfaction.

Flexible Approaches

For a successful project of web development or mobile programming, flexibility at both ends are crucial. We never sketch or depict complete user flows in each interaction in our wireframes or prototypes for designing UX so developers or designers should be ready to include important feedbacks from clients and other stakeholder in midst of or at the final stage of development. Same the ways client should have enough budget and ready to add some more if some essential things in UX are included at any stage of development process. Otherwise, their dreams may not realize the real success.

 

 

References & More Reading
Six Common Problems With The UX Process, And Six Solutions!
Great Products Focus On A Motif
Stop Writing Project Proposals

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