An intuitive UI/UX expertise is a substratum for any software application. The best designed UIs promote usability, while poorly designed ones create a barrier that users find difficult to overcome. Like all other skilled professionals, designers tend to use tried and tested principles to ensure they get the most efficient results. According to Adobe, the four tenets for good UI design are:
- Give users control of the interface.
- Provide comfortable interaction with a product.
- Reduce cognitive load.
- Make user interfaces consistent.
It’s essential to implement some prerequisite processes that will help
ensure the UI is truly exceptional. Before a designer begins this journey, it’s vital to ensure that design services are worth the investment. This article will delve more deeply into these prerequisite processes that serve as a roadmap to the ideal UI/UX design for your specific product. The following elements are essential to design a beautiful, intuitive user interface:
User Research & Analysis
User Research is a pre-eminent part of your design roadmap. Although it is often treated as preferable and ignored, it essentially lays the foundation for every design decision.
For adequate research, designers need to think from the user’s perspective. The designers need to have a real feel of what users see, feel, and want. For that, they must do user research as often as possible and, depending on their time and budget, as deep a dive as possible. A blend of qualitative & quantitative analysis would be the ideal way to go about things.
By having a design strategy in your plan layout, you can ensure that you don’t waste any precious time or resources on the misunderstandings that can turn up in between the project. When formulating a design strategy, you should pre-define every UI/UX aspect before initiating the design; this gives the designers a clear direction to implement every design decision.
It’s good to have a short, crisp strategy to roll out, but it is also essential to be flexible. It’s perfectly acceptable to tweak your approach depending on the dynamic market condition.
Wireframe & Prototype
For websites or products, wireframes serve the same purpose as blueprints serve to construction sites. They present a lucid picture that serves as a credible reference. Wireframes give an idea of what goes where, and with the right interactions and additions, they have a lot of potentials to help build a good UI/UX design.
Prototypes are simulations of your finished product. They show you the appearance of your website or product, what it can do, and how your users might interact with it. They are instrumental because they allow designers to see new ways of arriving at a final cohesive design. It is usually at this stage that most designers come across their pleasant moments.
Interaction Design is the design of interactions that occur between a user and a product. The goal of ID is to fulfill a user’s objectives while using your solution as smoothly as possible.
For example, some of the questions Interaction Designers might ask are :
- How can a user directly interact with the interface with their mouse, finger, or stylus?
- What assessment does a user get after completing the action?
- How does the appearance (color, shape, size, etc.) give the user a clue about its functioning?
- Is there a means for the user to correct the problem or explain why the error occurred with error messages’ help?
At this point, you are ready to begin design and development
. Equipped with the information you gathered up until this point of the journey, you can now design an interface that customers will enjoy. At this point, you need to start thinking creatively and customize your design to suit your specific business needs.
Once you have arrived at what you believe is the perfect UI/UX design for your solution, there is one more crucial step to follow that will ensure your UI is genuinely fool-proof.
User and Usability Testing
User and usability testing help you decide if the assumptions made by you about your solution are correct. You get a set of users to use your prototype and examine if those assumptions are correct during user testing.
In his guide to user testing, Christopher Murphy explains it best- ‘It’s better to remember that design is an iterative process. There is always a scope for improvements, informed by your testing. In short: User testing should be happening at every point in the process as an integral part of an iterative design process.’
User and usability testing help you identify the maximum amount of feedback at the beginning of your process before investing too much money into the final build. It’s too late and will be too expensive to leave your user testing after building the solution.
At Experion, we enjoy crafting intuitive user experiences. We work with enterprises, SMEs, and startups worldwide to create web and mobile applications across industries using various tools. Above all, our design services are about creating unique products that end-users will love.
Reasons for When and Why Would You Need a UX/UI Roadmap
There is exponential growth in customers’ expectations each day. Product teams need to keep notice of the user’s experience in all of their product decisions. Adding a remarkable new feature can help in gaining user loyalty and add new customers. However, if users find that feature confusing or difficult to access in your app, that poor experience could undermine that part.
It is worst when a poor UX even undermines users’ perception of the rest of your product. Moreover, a bad product experience can impact your company negatively. Therefore, it’s essential to create and maintain a dedicated UX/UI roadmap in the smart strategic decision.
We’d recommend your team begin developing a UX/UI roadmap as early as possible in the product development process. The later in your development, you add user-experience and user-interface initiatives, the more complicated your team will find it to weave these design elements into the product.
Your UX/UI roadmap and product roadmap should work together and reinforce each other at each development stage. Your team should be able to reference your UX/UI roadmap at any time to understand the user-experience goals of any of the themes and epics. The more of these user-experience objectives you can incorporate into the development of your product’s main components, the higher your chances of designing a user-friendly product.