Saturday 5 June 2021

UX Design

"Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer – that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." – Steve Jobs

Design is not an afterthought, good design begins with the inception of the product or service and is in the forefront throughout the entire delivery process. The product or service is the direct result of the design, too often in the past products are built and then designed, a vernier thrown onto a product is not a design, it's a face-lift at best.

Design is not what it looks and feels like, design is how it works. A Design is a plan to arrange elements to fulfill a purpose, it describes on how a product or service works, design is solving a problem.

Design Process
To successfully design something we must
  • Assess
    • Identify & understand the problems we are solving
    • what the user is doing what works what doesn't 
  • Design
    • Generate possible solutions to our problem
    • Analyse the solutions and select the best one
  • Build
    • Low/Mid/High-fidelity prototypes
this is an iterative process we go through numerous times until we arrive at an iteration that solves our problems.

What makes UX Design special?
When designing User experiences we are focused on experiences and interactions with the system, these are time sensitive inputs with feedback that the user interacts with for the purpose of accomplishing whatever it is the user is trying to do, this person could be a novice, or seasoned user and our system must engage with both facilitating their tasks as effectively and pleasantly as possible.

UX Design UX Research
Understand the problem Study Users: Tasks, context
Generate Possible solutions Sketch, storyboard, wireframes
Analyse & Select Apply UX criteria
Embody solutions Build prototype
assess:find new problems Apply UX research methods
user tests

UX Design works hand in hand with UX research we move between the two to try and come up with the best experience and interface that we can for the particular system we're designing.