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UX for the Web

By : Marli Ritter, Cara Winterbottom
Book Image

UX for the Web

By: Marli Ritter, Cara Winterbottom

Overview of this book

If you want to create web apps that are not only beautiful to look at, but also easy to use and fully accessible to everyone, including people with special needs, this book will provide you with the basic building blocks to achieve just that. The book starts with the basics of UX, the relationship between Human-Centered Design (HCD), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and the User-Centered Design (UCD) Process; it gradually takes you through the best practices to create a web app that stands out from your competitors. You’ll also learn how to create an emotional connection with the user to increase user interaction and client retention by different means of communication channels. We’ll guide you through the steps in developing an effective UX strategy through user research and persona creation and how to bring that UX strategy to life with beautiful, yet functional designs that cater for complex features with micro interactions. Practical UX methodologies such as creating a solid Information Architecture (IA), wireframes, and prototypes will be discussed in detail. We’ll also show you how to test your designs with representative users, and ensure that they are usable on different devices, browsers and assistive technologies. Lastly, we’ll focus on making your web app fully accessible from a development and design perspective by taking you through the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
About the Authors
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Chapter 7. Bring Your UX Strategy to Life with Wireframes and Prototypes

A UX designer works with various stakeholders to research, create, test, refine, and implement designs. These include graphic designers, developers, business analysts, managers, and target users. UX designers use various deliverables to document and communicate their work at different stages of a project.

As well as documenting and communicating a designer's work, well-created deliverables can persuade stakeholders about the value or effectiveness of designs, educate the team about a user's needs and contexts-of-use, test ideas before too much time and effort have been spent on implementing them, and ensure quality and consistency of the current website and future redesigns.

We have already looked at some deliverables in previous chapters, for example, content audit spreadsheets, heuristic analysis reports, sitemaps, personas, and user journey maps. In this chapter, we will describe how to create effective prototypes...