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They say that failing to plan is planning to fail. All successful UX processes intended to produce positive user experiences need careful planning. Otherwise, poor planning will mess up the implementation and its intended product.
Developing a straightforward user experience design plan defines a product’s quality because it has a make-or-break effect. Without well-planned UX design processes, you can waste time boxing the air during this critical project phase. In fact, lacking a plan makes you a mere idealist and not a UX designer.
While this process is vital, there is no absolute way of formulating a flexible planning process. The reason is that depending on the same method for different apps or websites can negatively affect user experience or anger project managers.
Our post sheds more light on this topic. Keep reading to learn how best to prepare for your next UX project.
Understanding the UX Design Process
Let’s begin our discussion by examining the UX design process. Here are the top components comprising a UX design process.
UX Research Comes First
The planning process prioritizes UX research to understand what users want and need. Like the Eleken site, all smart and user-centric designers start here before designing or prototyping anything. They seek to understand what real users want to do and why they do it while reconciling their requirements with company goals and needs.
This approach helps design teams create relevant, not just high-tech, solutions that satisfy customers. Below are some of the benefits of starting everything on this learning front:
- It provides valuable data for creating design strategies that succeed;
- It lays a firm foundation for making informed decisions based on hard facts and not bias, theories, or assumptions;
- You fully understand user needs and requirements because someone spent time with users to understand them;
- Design teams can detect possible problems and solve them before occurring;
- It exposes design opportunities;
- UX research helps you create valuable and functional assets that meet user expectations.
Designing follows UX research because you are armed with relevant information and facts. This stage includes constructing user flows that pave the way for wire-framing, prototyping, and visual design creation. This phase answers the how, when, and where of your users’ experience. This stage allows you to interact with users and apply your empathy and creative genius to solve potential challenges that might arise during the process.
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Utilize Iterative Testing to Validate Your Designs
Your process requires user testing research to validate your UI choices and user flows. Although testing is your design process’ third phase, using a more iterative process is beneficial. The reason is that developing products includes complex processes with several stages. Therefore, validate all these phases to adjust the products to suit user expectations.
This interconnected nature requires shuttling between the stages as necessary until you are sure everything is ready for execution. However, don’t strictly follow these stages’ original order since successful design testing is nonlinear and allows greater flexibility that lets various groups conduct several steps simultaneously.
Turning Your Designs Into Working Products
Lastly, your process turns design into functional products—implementation. Eventually, you can see all your hard efforts pay off in the form of a product that meets customer needs. Let’s cross over and see how a flexible design process benefits a user experience process.
Benefits of Planning a UX Design Process
So far, you understand what a UX design process entails. Below are the benefits of applying a flexible UX design process to your digital assets.
It Sets Clear Expectations
Planning your design process lets you learn the most important lesson—your target users’ expectations. Also, sharing your design process with clients allows you to establish realistic project deliverables and deadlines. Your clients will know what to expect from you and when. This way, you eliminate miscommunication and unnecessary conflict.
It Puts Clients at Ease
Some clients start working with design teams unaware of what it takes to turn good ideas into excellent products. But with clear and concise design processes in place, you can demonstrate exactly where their monies go during the production process, keeping them at ease.
It Decreases the Risk of Failure
A product’s design requires careful consideration and an excellent design process accounts for it. Creating an attractive product with attractive aesthetics is possible. However, without usability or research backing it, product failure risk increases. Planning your process to include users helps designers discover all potential design challenges and prevents them.
It Results in Better Products
Engaging in a complete planning process also provides users with better products. It ensures everything going into it meets the customer needs you captured during the well-planned production process.
Problems Are Fixed Easier
A good planning process saves a design firm time and money in fixing problems. The reason is that fixing a potential challenge during the design process is easier and cheaper than its launch.
Planning Produces Insights
Planning your design process well offers comprehensive analysis and research that uncovers opportunities to differentiate your products. This differentiation gives your products a competitive edge in the market. It ensures that your product’s quality depends on evidence collected from the ground, not textbook theories or opinions.
Products Get to the Market Faster
Proper design process planning also gets your products to the market faster. The reason is it uses facts to make decisions and eliminates lengthy deliberation processes. You can involve users to facilitate informed decisions to move the project forward if conflicting views arise and threaten to delay production.
Ease of Use Improves
Lastly, this process gives users one of the most priceless gifts they love the most—easy usage. This element becomes one of your product’s competitive edges because it gives users a better experience and increases their loyalty to your product.
Planning your UX design process is essential for achieving the intended results and excelling in the market upon the product’s launch. This post examined some of the ways your design process can benefit from thorough planning. We hope you will implement these insights to boost your design process and give users value for their time, effort, and money.