Life Cycle of UX
The concept of user experience is broad and any person who wants to practice UX design should possess skills in multiple fields. As a UX Designer, we have a range of techniques available to us and it is up to us which of these techniques we want to choose for appropriation.
As its core, the UX process consists of these following phases:
Strategy: Strategy is really important from the outset as it contributes to articulating the brand, guiding the principles and long-term vision of an organization. It will be very helpful in shaping the goals of our organization as well as concentrates on what our organization is hoping to achieve with this project and ways for its success for measurement.
Research: This phase can be variable between the projects. Difficult projects will comprise the significant user along with competitor activities rather small startup websites may avoid these research activities other than some informal interviews and a survey. The research phase is really essential to create an informed user experience.
Analysis: The main focus of the analysis is to draw insights from data collected at the time of the research phase. It includes capturing, organizing and making the inferences from the factors which can help UX designers in understanding to the reasons for its importance. Communicating the designer’s understanding back to the users will be helpful in confirming any assumptions which are being made are valid.
Design: This phase of the UX project is both collaborative and iterative. In collaborative terms, it involves input and ideas from different people while in iterative, it cycles back upon itself for validating ideas and assumptions. The main goal of the design phase is to put ideas in front of users, get back their feedback and refine them along with repeating. We can represent these with paper prototypes, branding or visual details.
Production: It is the place where high fidelity design is fleshed out, content along with digital assets are created as well as high fidelity version of the product is validated with the stakeholders and end users through the user testing sessions. In this, the role of UX designer shifts from creating and validating the ideas to collaborating with developers for guiding and champion the vision.