Just when you were starting to get comfortable with the speed and demands of modern application development, get ready for another shake up. It's all about the user now. Does the user interface work? How is the user experience? Is it truly easy to use? The answers to those questions can directly affect the bottom line.
So busy developers and testers, if a UI or UX expert hasn't been working with you on your user experience design process, or development and test processes, he or she will be soon. And it will be a completely different experience than you've likely ever had.
For starters, you'll be adopting a different mindset and probably actually meeting with -- or observing -- real users to see how they interact with your application. Also, you'll need to "sweat the small stuff," as in the UX world, the devil really is in the details. This will fundamentally change your design process, as you'll be picturing that user so early and so often. And for those of you employing an Agile development methodology, well, that can be tricky, but it can be done. And finally testers, this will mean big changes for you as well. How do you test something with no obvious user interface?
The UX and UI juggernaut is coming, and there's no way to hide from it. Keep reading for advice, support, product picks, strategies and more. Do it right, and it will be the end of click aways and unhappy users.
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UX design and strategies
Interested in the user experience design process? Trying to figure out where to start with UX and UI design? From working with UX developers to framework design, mobile UI and more, find our best advice below.
Is there a difference between using higher-level UI design software as opposed to manual coding? Perhaps it's as contrasting between Visio and a pencil. Kurt Marko offers his insight on what can you expect. Continue Reading
UX and UI design testing
The user experience design process involves a different set of software testing skills. Experts share testing challenges, ideas and tips for moving into this new realm of UI and UX testing.
UX testing is distinct from software product testing. Expert Gerie Owen explains how to bring the two sides closer together. Continue Reading
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UX and UI terms
Want a refresher on user experience terminology? Here is a list of related definitions that coincide with the user experience design process.
Clickjacking (also known as user-interface or UI redressing and IFRAME overlay) is an exploit in which malicious coding is hidden beneath apparently legitimate buttons or other clickable content on a website. Continue Reading
UIML (User Interface Markup Language) is a descriptive language that lets you create a Web page that can be sent to any kind of interface device - for example, to a PC with a large display and a keyboard or to a "smart phone" with a tiny display and no keyboard. Continue Reading