User experience design is a concept that has many dimensions, and it includes a bunch of different disciplines—such as interaction design, information architecture, visual design, usability, and human-computer interaction.
In other words, UX design is the process of designing (digital or physical) products that are useful, easy to use, and delightful to interact with. It’s about enhancing the experience that people have while interacting with your product, and making sure they find value in what you’re providing.
Here are some core components of UX Design:
- Information Architecture
- Interaction Design
- Visual Design
Information Architecture, also known as the IA, is all about satisfying the business strategies by designing the application’s or the site’s information structure. The major role of the IA is to provide its users an easy navigation no matter which browser they are using. It’s about using the maximum permutations and combinations to provide the best and a top-level navigation menu.
Interaction Design is about creating the conceptual design with which the users interact with the product and/or application. This interaction includes various elements such as aesthetics, color, font, icons, images, motion, sound, space, graphics, etc.
Usability can be referred to as the user-friendliness as well. Along with figuring out if the users get the information they want by using the application or visiting the site for the first time and if the application/website is easy to navigate, the usability also comprehends the ways to handle the errors.
Wireframing is about creating a sample of the application to test the features, look, and usability of the application before it is actually launched. It is an easy and cheaper way to test functionality and evaluate if the application serves the purpose.
The visual design of the application or the website is like defining the company’s brand. Finalizing the visual design can affect the users’ behavior and hence it is the most important component of the UI design. Visual Design is not only about selecting the best images, colors, icons, fonts, but also identifying the appearance of the application impacts the interaction of its users.
In the past decade, software applications have become complex and rich in functionality. These applications are also delivered through multiple channels like desktop, mobile, internet, and other such mediums. If we want to enable them to become efficient, they must deliver a good user experience. To sum it up, we must consider UX as an important element in all of our software or application development.