February 10, 2011
What is User-Experience Design?
Today I’d like to introduce you a growing yet underrated aspect of the software development industry: User-Experience design.
Wikipedia defines User-Experience design (or UX for short) as: pertain[ing] to the creation of the architecture and interaction models that affect user experience of a device or system. The scope of the field is directed at affecting "all aspects of the user’s interaction with the product: how it is perceived, learned, and used."
UX designers are responsible for designing the overarching feeling of a software experience. It’s the difference between designing Facebook and designing Facebooking. While UX designers work closely with programmers and graphic designers, it’s a common misconception that they too are graphic designers or programmers. Graphic designers are responsible for front end development (creating logos, color schemes, and branding) while programmers focus on back-end development (database maintenance, PHP code).
User-Experieince designers? They focus on a more theoretical part of application development, residing primarily in pre-production and post-production. UX Designers work with wireframes, conduct user interviews, and preform usability tests. These tools make sure that the end-product is as tailored as possible to the user.
As technology becomes increaingly intertwined with our lives, the field of UX is continuing to grow. Check this out for more information and resources pertaining to UX design.
Also, don't hesitate to contact us at Webconnection regarding any questions you may have about UX and usability, as well as questions pertaining to your current web strategy.