UX Process, Philosophy + Approach

This semi-exhaustive list illustrates the scope of UX that I do. These items themselves are not strictly sequential as the list format would suggest. They are done in this approximate order, and then returned to as needed during the design process.

At the beginning of a project, I refer to this list to plan the project. Some projects do not require all of these points, while others require at least one pass through this list.

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UX design process list

PROBLEM DEFINITION

User Insight
Prototype
User Testing
Data analysis

DESIGNING SOLUTIONS

Information Architecture
Brainstorming
Wireframing + Sketching
Red Route Mapping


VISUAL DESIGN

Visual Hierarchy Mapping
Typography
Colour Theory
Icons
Composition

LANGUAGE DESIGN

Terminology
Micro-copy
Help text

INTERACTION AND BEHAVIOUR DESIGN

Pattern Analysis
Reuse Audit
Paper Scenario Mapping (CRUD cycle)
Form Validation
Completed Actions
Waiting Times
Transitions
Touch gestures
Responsiveness (viewports)
Accessibility

 

This list is derived from the UX Process on Github by Andrea Soverini  - but I've categorized and added things in ways I find more intuitive. If you'd like a quick reference to is, feel free to download this PDF.

UX Philosophy 

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As a Designer,

I believe in doing design that matters to real human beings

I want to help shape humanity’s relationship to technology

I want to infuse humanity into inhumane systems

 

Approach to design 

 
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The way I design:

 

KNOW BEFORE GO

Thoughtfulness is key to creating well-informed design, so I gain context up front until there is enough clarity to follow through into the high fidelity design phase (pixel perfect mockups). Pixel perfection is manual and time consuming, so I spend time there only when it’s the right time.

 

COLLABORATION BY DEFAULT

No designer in the world knows everything, so I cultivate my curiosity and reach out to the right people to really understand the problem. Although not everyone has a design skillset, we all have valuable insights and points of enquiry to give. I excel at communicating with users and internal collaborators.