UI/UX Design Essentials: Grids
The grid has been a proven concept to add structure to a given space. A grid is based on columns and rows.
In a digital environment, columns have priority over rows. Users tend to engage more by scrolling up and down, rather than sideways.
In a mobile and web pixel environment, a grid starts at a one-column grid, expanding to as many grid multiples as a designer can possibly define. Complex column grids increase the amount of content the viewer has to absorb. …
UX Design Essentials: Atomic design and modular thinking
The concept of atomic design is every visual designer’s dream tool box. It is a simple, modular design system for the digital screen. It uses single elements (atoms) to build entire landscapes (interactive screens).
The system is borrowed from chemistry.
(*Atoms break down into smaller units, but for the purpose of Atomic Design, we will not delve deeper into the structure of an atom here.)
Each atom has a specific shape formed by its properties
UX Design Essentials: User Flows
User Flow = Your user’s path to accomplish a task/mission
In UX design, user flows are represented in diagrammatical formats. They represent a blueprint of your user’s path through your app or site.
A direct user flow path is referred to as Happy Path. It is one direct interaction from start to end point.
UX Research Essentials: Listening
As UX researchers, listening to our customers’ feedback requires an active participation on our part.
We engage in active listening to be ready to respond to the conversation at any point. As listeners, we need to be able to repeat back, practically verbatim, anything that we have just heard.
We need to engage in listening deeply and attentively. We need to ask questions swiftly to keep the conversation flowing.
We need to listen with a focused intent to make our customers feel heard and understood
Herewith, our customers feel recognized to share anything and everything about…
Design Management Insights: Scope of Work (SOW) & File Specifications (SPECS)
As design freelancers, we are engaged in numerous projects riddled with unresolved issues. Unrealistic deadlines, undefined concepts, obscure branding approaches, a team leader on vacation, or simply a computer breakdown, all can cause relentless stress, aggravation, and even worse, strained client-freelancer relationships.
Therefore, we have to utilize tools that help us manage client and team communication, allow for discussions and reviews as necessary, and establish an overall design-flow gestalt to present to clients and stakeholders.
As freelancers, we need to establish a communication protocol from start to finish for…
As designers, we can create many rounds of iterations, tweak our designs to the umpteenth time, and adjust every slight color variations to get to the perfect shade of black. We love to spend countless hours on our designs. That’s our metier. In 2021, let’s give ourselves space to grow.
Your designs are already perfect.
Realize that you’re already doing an amazing amount of work, be it with the first, second or third iteration. Embrace what you have created within a certain time frame, give it one final check, and let go. This also known as HIT PUBLISH.
Delving into the wealth of user data is done better by strengthening your UX through partnership
As UX designers, it’s better to dive into our users’ feedback with multiple pairs of eyes and ears. Now, with remote working opportunities, we can tap into a partner, or a team, anywhere, anytime, and get research feedback we might not have been able to gather on our own.
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A CBM is a powerful analysis tool that helps establish a company’s competitive advantage. It serves business owners and stakeholders to assess their position within their business landscape.
CBMs are fun to create in your UX research, regardless of the size of the business. It can be a start-up, giant tech company, or a local business.
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Define the labels by identifying your business’s main expertise, reach, presence, and value props.
Every entrepreneurial project starts with the seed of an idea. One morning, we wake up and a brilliant thought enters our mind. We get excited and want to bring it to the next level.
As designers, we get hooked on using all the technology available to get started immediately.
Technology has greatly altered and improved our lives. We are bound to it professionally and personally. As designers, we take note that not all technology entices humans to change their ways to find more bliss. Not all technology serves a valuable purpose, either.
Empathy and story telling are at the heart…