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Application design process
We’ll be discussing the design and development steps. It is not easy to design and develop a product, especially if the original concept is this:
It’s funny because it’s true. Many customers don’t have a clear idea of what they want at the beginning of the graphic design process. It takes a skilled team such as ours to create a great design development process.
Designers are skilled craftsmen who must be continually improved. We must begin from scratch to create a living, successful project that can be adapted over time.
Here is a step-by-step description and great example of how a design development process should look.
Step 1: Talk to the customer before you start designing and developing.
The customer is the first step in the entire design process. We have a detailed discussion with the customer to understand their needs, what the project is for, how it will solve them, and what the overall vision is.
Step 2: Perform the research
After speaking with the customer, we start our research. To better understand the market, we look at specific details about the product.
We are at the minimum:
- Identify the target audience for your project. It is impossible to have a project that appeals to everyone.
- Study your market competitors to find their strengths and weaknesses.
- Decide on the approximate design of your site or application.
- Form a group of elements that will go in the product.
- Choose graphic styles and conceptual materials and consider color schemes and fonts.
After we have completed our research, everything is presented to the customer. Our customers receive a detailed document with our findings. We also provide a moodboard which helps to assess the visual appearance of the project. If necessary, we adjust it. We provide an estimate of development time after discussing the findings with customers and getting their feedback.
Step 3: Wireframe design process
The next step is to create wireframes if the customer approves the project idea. Wireframes can be used to create interactive screen plans or schematic pages for the site’s screens. Wireframes are a blueprint of the project. They show how the different screens will connect and the product’s functionality.
Norman’s stool is a principle of design philosophy that professionals consider a must-have. It is a three-legged abstract stool with legs that represent:
- The business and its problems
- The users, their information perception habits and needs
- Technologies (opportunities, resources).
The product won’t work if you remove any legs. Each of the legs is extremely important, and every one should be considered when designing the interface.
Without constant communication and feedback from the customer, wireframes development can’t be done. We give examples of what we intend to do, receive feedback from customers, make changes and then get back feedback. This process is repeated until the details of the project are well thought out, implemented, and approved by clients.
It is important to be user-oriented in order to create an intuitive and easy interface. When creating wireframes, it is important to understand the product’s details and how it will interact. It is common for crucial parts of the product to be overlooked until they are implemented.
This stage should reveal which aspects of the project have been missed, and what can be improved upon or changed. It is important to identify all missing details before you move onto HTML/CSS programming or backend development. Making changes will cause more headaches than just creating wireframes. It is more productive to start a project with wireframes that are well-thought out and that address the customer’s requirements.
We move on to design after we have completed wireframing.
Step 4: Determining the design process
Wireframing allows us to begin designing the visual elements of the project. Wireframes allow us to design a logo, the homepage of the application or the first screen designs. We need to consider the wireframes and moodboard that were created after conducting research.
As customers become more comfortable with the product’s look and feel, it is common for early design ideas to stick. After we have completed the logo, and all the other homepage designs are complete, we receive feedback from customers and make any necessary corrections.
Once the homepage has been approved, we start to design the internal pages of the website or application. Because there are many pages that can be complex or simple, and numerous interface elements to create, this stage is very time-consuming. This stage requires attention to the smallest details, such as entry fields, drop down menus, possible mistakes, and lost pages designs.
Once the customer has approved the design of the internal pages, then we can begin to adapt the design for tablets and mobile devices. As the overall design of the product has been approved by the customer, this is an easy task. You should also consider the appearance of the menu when it is closed. Also, which blocks should be displayed in full or be replaced by sliders? It is important to carefully consider the behavior of text blocks and forms on the page. Users who use multiple devices will find it difficult to see the professional design and the final product won’t look professional.
Step 5: Preparing resources to support post-launch
Our team can prepare the resources required after product launch by letting the customer review the final product pages. All icons and photos must be adjusted to suit the platform. Colors and font sizes should also be specified when designing an app.
A mockup with all elements should be provided to customers for web projects. This includes color palettes, fonts and vector icons. Future developers will need to be able to quickly grasp the style and design of the project.
The project is finished and the designer can no longer communicate with customers. We are happy to provide these documents to our customers if there is any further development.
Step 6: After the design and development stages, enjoy the final product!
After all the hard work is done, and you have completed the 6 steps of design, the final product can be launched. Our customers can enjoy the celebrations!
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