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What Is Design?

Design is an intentional problem-solving process focused on planning or making something for a specific use or purpose. While “design” is often equated with graphic design or visual design, design is a vast discipline with many subdisciplines – everything from industrial design to service design.

Key Methodologies of UI and UX Design
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    If you’ve started researching UI and UX design, you’ve likely seen terms like design thinking, user-centered design, and double diamond floating around. But what do these terms actually mean?…
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    A single product can’t solve every problem, and a single team can’t develop every possible solution to a given problem. Design methodologies help teams focus and commit. The double diamond is a…
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    Design doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Today’s UI and UX designers don’t just think about visual design: they are problem solvers involved in every stage of the product development process. The Product …
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    The term wicked problems was coined by design theorist Horst Rittel to describe the types of extremely complex, multi-dimensional problems that designers are often tasked to solve. Design thinkin…
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    User-centered design (UCD) puts users at the center of product development and involves them in the design from the beginning. Here, design is seen as an iterative process that incorporates user …
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    The methodologies we’ve described so far ensure that teams are aligned and that user needs are at the center of the process, but what defines a “good” user experience? What makes a product or desig…
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    Jakob Nielsen, co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group, devised a set of ten usability heuristics as a set of general principles for good interaction design. Like the…
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    We’ve spent a lot of time in this lesson walking through different design methodologies and emphasizing the role of the user in these processes. Where does this information about users come from? …
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    That’s a wrap! We got a walkthrough of foundational design methodologies and best practices, with an understanding of the key principles underpinning UI and UX design. Even as methodologies go in a…

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