Browsing through a well-designed interface is just like reading a wonderful story, which is why every designer is basically a storyteller. Whether it’s designing a landing page, a product page, a signup form, or a chatbot— a story is told everywhere. So, forget modules, column grids, iconography, and all that jazz for some time; and begin thinking about the core of what you want to communicate to the user. What if you created a simple story outline using a text editor before jumping straight into a design software to create a wireframe? By stripping away all kinds of visual clutter, you’ll be able to better focus on the core message you are trying to communicate. When you’re going this ask yourself this question: Does the page still tell a cohesive, clear story even after all the styles have been removed? If your answer is yes, then you’re good to go!
As mentioned before, UX 2.0 brings with it the use of a number of technologies, such as voice assistance and VR; and for many designers, these technologies are in uncharted waters. However, as this is one of the latest UX trends of 2018, designers are required to adopt new approaches when it comes to designing, as well as effectively communicate these requirements to developers. It’s precisely for this reason that teamwork is gaining more importance in the world of UX design. Developers and designers will need to work extensively together in order to ensure that these new technologies are ready for adoption by the users. This is why, UXers will need to make sure that their skills are up for the challenge— designers who have knowledge of coding, will be the leaders of innovation in UX. Moreover, having knowledge of frontend development will streamline the collaboration process, and make it seamless.
Real-time collaboration eliminates the time-consuming barriers formalities and closed iteration cycles came with, and this is something that is extremely valuable to remote teams. Google Docs was the first of this kind and was followed by Freehand by Invision, Figma, Mural.co, Stickies.io, Pixelboard, and Slack.
Git is a great system to keep track of changes and keep the work open to new ideas and explorations. Moreover, not having to sit and figure out what in the world “final_alt_v02_04.sketch” is, is sort of a blessing. Popular problem-solving tools include Folio, Abstract, Kactus, and Plant; but we can surely expect a larger variety next year.