User experience (UX) design is the creation of products or services (physical or digital) to provide relevant and valuable experiences to users. In line with the term "design," the experts who work to create UX design are called UX designers.
This is an essential part of UX design as it’s usually the beginning of a UX designer’s project. User research reveals users' motivations, wants, needs, behavior, and goals. Research further shows how users use the products, where they encounter problems, and if they are impressed or disappointed with a product.
User research is highly important in UX design because, without it, work will only be based on beliefs and experiences, which can be incorrect. No UX design project can be successful without information from research because user research provides the data needed for product design.
Researching first also saves a lot of work, money, time, and everything that could be wasted while designing a product. If research is done after designing, there might be many changes needed to meet the needs of users.
When products are undergoing a redesign, research should come me first as it allows interacting with users to get firsthand information about how they respond to the product.
A UX style guide is the document or catalog that a designer uses to record the various designs and the evolving style of UX designs. The reason for a style guide is primarily to document the creation process while designing a website or app.
So as the design comes along, the style guide, which is like a diary of sorts, documents the designer's thought process.
A prototype is a sample of the intended product's design; it is the first representation of the ideas coming together. Prototypes give you a chance to test your ideas with intended users and get feedback from them.
After getting feedback from them, you can make edits or change the design entirely. It is also a means of showing other people your ideas.
Testing is a critical stage; when a UX designer is through with the prototype and edits, the next step is to test the usability of the design. It is essential to use people with impartial opinions to carry out your tests so that you can get honest opinions of your UX design.There are two effective methods of testing, usability and remote user testing. The usability method is in person, one-on-one testing, while remote user involves getting feedback from respondents not close by, usually through mails.
The next step in UX design is creating wire frames and prototypes. This avails the right platform to test existing and potential users, which is essential in making sure the designs are usable.
When designing a product, usability and functions should be more important than how it looks, pictures, and colors (even though these are also important). Armed with the knowledge of what users expect from a product, their needs, and how they’ll love to navigate a system through user research, usability and functionality should come first because once a product meets user’s needs, the general outlook might not matter much.
Wireframing is the diagrams that address the page’s space allocation, the page’s functions, and the page's content arrangement. Other things that wire framing addresses are the distribution of the content and the behavior pattern.
Now that testing is done and feedback is received. The next stage is to implement or incorporate the test results into the original UX design.
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