I have a very expansive view of the role of User Experience in developing products. While I’m deeply of the opinion that designers should not code, that’s mostly because there are very few people who can code on many platforms and at many levels. I used to be a Web developer, database administrator (DBA), and system administrator. But I was never great at fulfilling all of these roles—much less all of them at once—while also being a Web designer.
As new technologies arrived, I had to stop and learn them—or learn to collaborate with others who knew them. So, instead of learning more and more technologies, I decided to focus on design and usability.
As UX designers, we should avoid becoming too deeply engaged in any one technology, but we do need to know a little about most technologies. This lets us consider the entire scope of users’ needs and suggest solutions that leverage the whole range of technology options—choosing whatever platforms, technologies, and methods best meet both users’ needs and organizational capabilities. Read More
For around $5,400, more or less, my company, Purrweb, designs and develops MVPs (Minimum Viable Products), but there are still some other important nuances of calculating costs to consider. Design plays a big role in the creation of a mobile app, but it’s part of a complex process. Other factors such as project analysis, management, and development impact the cost of UX design. Let’s dive into the world of mobile-app design and development and try to understand what exactly dictates the pricing.
Factors That Impact the Price
There are several key factors that define the cost of designing a mobile application: the type of the app, its features, design complexity, staffing, and geographical region. Let’s take an in-depth look at each of these factors and see how they contribute to pricing. Read More
In this month’s edition of Ask UXmatters, our panel of UX experts discusses whether to recommend creating a responsive Web site or application over a native mobile app. While each type of application offers unique benefits, the panel advises UX designers not look at this as an either/or question. Instead, consider the benefits of creating both of these types of applications on a continuum. Clearly, a Web site is necessary at least to enable customers to discover a product.
A UX designer should consider how best to satisfy user needs, relying on a deeper consideration of the usage scenarios for specific types of users. Depending on the contexts of use, users often require that a tool be available on more than one platform. Plus, you must consider business needs throughout the design process. Read More