What is UX Design

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What is UX Design ?

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In this article we are going to briefly discuss “What is UX design ?” and many more parameters related to it so make sure you read it till the end and take full advantage of it. So let’s begin.

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What is UX Design ?

Definition :

In UX design U stands for User and X stands for Experience.

So UX is  the quality of interaction and experience a person has from the service or the product.

Then from above terms UX design is defined as the process or the recipe to create a well researched, well developed interactive layout of the product or the service that is to be displayed in front of the clients. 

 

According to Wikipedia UX design is defined as :

User experience design (UXD, UED, or XD) is the process of supporting user behavior through usability, usefulness, and desirability provided in the interaction with a product. User experience design encompasses traditional human–computer interaction (HCI) design and extends it by addressing all aspects of a product or service as perceived by users.

What does UX Designer actually do ?

UX Designing is a vast area and has wide variety sub domains in it :

So there might be quite different roles given to the designers depending upon the requirements of the products and services.

Here are some roles of a UX Designer :

Creating Wireframes :

Wireframes are simple sketches of apps or websites. Also known as the skeleton of the final product or service.

Here a simple example of how wireframes look :

WireFrames

Deep User Research :

This is a role where a designer is made to think from the user’s perspective. This is also called the first step towards the development of a product.

User research includes :

  • Interviewing people and trying to know the problems faced by them in using similar kinds of products.
  • Identifying the needs of the users.
  • Competitive analysis.
  • Conducting online surveys.
Working with Developers :

This is a role where a designer has to act as a translator  between developers and technical people.

This role includes working with developers and the goal here is to achieve the exact same design and experience as the final prototypes where designed.

This is the stage where the User ideas are being implemented into a software.

 
Testing the designs (User Testing) :

This major role in UX Designing and it consists of two steps :

  1. Debugging and testing it on the designer level.
  2. Testing it on a small group of users.

Debugging and testing it on designer level : In this step the designer goes through the mockup and tries to find out the mistakes made during the designing phase.

Testing on a small group of users : In this step feedbacks are taken from the users on interaction experience, designing aspects and many other factors.

This is crucial in designing because once the mockups pass these tests they are then ready to deploy them to the development stage.

Design Thinking :

To get a complete overview what is design thinking visit the following link :

Difference between UI and UX

To understand the difference between UI and UX we need to understand what UI and UX actually mean.

We already discussed about UX in the above sections so now let’s get the UI concepts clear :

 

UI Design: UI stands for User Interface. UI design is a process of development of idea based software into an interactive, graphical and meaningful interface.

It is shortly known as the graphical interface of the application. It consists of images, videos, animations and many other components.

UI design

Skills required for a UX designer :

  • Carrying out user based research.
  • Prototyping, Mock Ups.
  • Having knowledge of designing tools like Figma, Adobe XD, Sketch, Marvel, Affinity Designer.
  • Wireframing.
  • Information Architecture.
  • Knowledge of developing interactive design.
  • Front-end programming like HTML, CSS, JavaScript.

Tools for UX designing :

Sketch

Sketch is a really popular software for development of Wireframes, MockUps and Prototypes.

Features :
  • Easy to learn and use.
  • Huge Community of contributors so constantly updated with new and interesting features.
  • Has really useful and great plugins and interactions such as Craft plugin and InVision.

A Glance at the software :

Sketch

Link of Official Website : sketch.com

figma

Figma is comparatively a new tool for designing but due to its clean and simple interface it has gained a lot of attraction from beginner to advanced level designers.

Features :
  • Designs can be shared seamlessly across teams.
  • Simplicity of use and a really interactive UI.
  • Online real-time collaboration.
  • Development of Mockups and Prototypes is at ease.
  • Has an interactive community since it has many pre-built projects in it.

A Glance at Figma :

Figma

Figma Official Link : figma.com

Adobe XD

Adobe XD is a Web Designing tool that rules the arena of designing. Adobe XD is vector-based for development of prototypes and many crucial components in designing.

It also provides real-time collaboration as in Figma. Adobe XD is a paid software by Adobe.

Features :
  • All types of Prototypes can be developed (Web , IOS and Android).
  • Simple and clean interface.
  • Many tutorials are present for learning this software.
  • Good tool for website mock-ups.
  • Quick integrations with other Adobe software for quality asset creation.

A Glance at Adobe XD :

Adobe xd

Official Website of Adobe XD : Adobe.com

Courses for UX Designing :

1. Course by Antony Conboy.

Course Link: https://www.antonyconboy.com/

 
2. Juan  E. Galvan

Course Link: https://www.udemy.com/course/learn-user-experience-design-from-a-z/

 
To get a full descriptive guide on courses in web design visit the following link

Best Courses in Web Design to get started in 2021

Projects for beginners level UX Designers

Projects for beginners level UX Designers.

Projects for beginners level UX Designers.


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