All UX Designer follow a Design Process, which vary from Designer to Designer, Team to Team, Project to Project & Organization to Organization.
What is UX Design?
The official definition of User Experience (UX), is:
“A person’s perceptions and responses resulting from the use and/or anticipated use of a product, system or service.” (ISO 9241-210:2010, subsection 2.15)
Wikipedia defines UX design as:
“User experience design (UX, UXD, UED or XD) is the process of enhancing user satisfaction with a product by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction with the 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.”
Every time we interact with a product, a software, or an object we are experiencing that as an user of that product. But it’s not all about the user. its also important in the UX design process to meet the business goals of the product and aligning the business goals with the goals of the user. When thinking about UX design, the definition includes how the experience can be manipulated or influenced by the designer to increase the quality of the experience for the user. Specifically, the “design” aspect focuses on how the utility, ease of use, and efficiency in a user’s interaction with a product or service can be improved.
Visual design is how a product looks, whereas UX design is, essentially, how it feels.
UX Design Process
UX design process is something that everyone has in the UX industry, but something that everyone does differently. UX design process are broken down into:
- Discovery + planning → research & strategy → conceptual design → detailed design.
- Requirements → sketches → wireframes → mockups → implementation
- Strategy → research → analysis → design → production
- Research → prototype → test → visual design
The Process i follow depends on Project to Project and Organization to Organization,
in my current organization, me & my team supports the PreSales & Sales team, the Projects are mostly to WOW the Customer, so the process is mostly
- Design Thinking Workshop → Prototype → Visual Design → Implementation (iOS, HTML)
- Requirement → Wireframe → Visual Mockups → Implementation (iOS, HTML)
In the previous companies the process i follow was
- Discovery → Planning → Research → Sketches/Wireframes → Mockups → Test →Visual Design →Production
We UX Designers Should be Flexible with Process on every Project.
The most successful UX design processes are both versatile and adaptable.