Introduction to Web Design and Computer Principles

CSCI-UA.0004-002

Mehan Jayasuriya

Week 9, 10/27/15

Understanding UX Design and Wireframing

People have feelings when they use products:

  • Happy
  • Satisfied
  • Confused
  • Frustrated

User experience (UX) design is the art and science of designing products that delight users

How does using this make you feel?

How does using this make you feel?

Pretty does NOT always mean good UX design

Craigslist
The Weekender

One artifact of UX design for websites is the wireframe

What is a wireframe?

A wireframe is:

  • A blueprint for our site
  • A visual representation of the site's layout
  • A document that allows us to design a site's UX before we write code

Why create a wireframe?

  • Work through design problems quickly: sketching is much faster than writing code
  • Taking the time to figure out the layout makes the process of coding your site faster
  • Allows us to create assets we can show to clients to help them understand a site's design

Tools that can be used to create a wireframe: