Societe Generale was originally created 155 years ago to provide financial services and to promote the development of trade and industry in France, with the mission of offering innovative solutions from generation to generation. Today, corporations and financial institutions continue to come to Societe Generale CIB for their expertise in managing foreign exchange risks, the ability to issue their capital and the access they provide to specific markets, to name a few examples.

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So where does the role of UX design come into all of this? Looking over the last 10 years, financial environments have come a long way from manual spreadsheets and hours of calculations. …

The web is a dynamic and fluid medium. As UX designers, we need to provide context and communicate design decisions to stakeholders to help provide clarity for our static concepts. Annotations allow UX designers to communicate to clients and developers why an interface element is placed in a specific location and what the interaction model is for the element. This establishes a clear information hierarchy for the design solution and creates a user flow that helps guide stakeholders through the road map of interactions to be translated into wireframes.

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Why are annotations important?

Creating annotated wireframes is time consuming, but communicating the overall picture of the user experience helps stakeholders see the benefit and rationale for your design decisions. Wireframes are both project documentation and a visual communication guide; make annotation part of your work flow to eliminate misunderstandings or confusion. Knowing your audience also helps you decide what type of information you should be incorporating into your annotations and what writing style you should use. It is always a good idea to get feedback on the level of detail required for the annotations from the project team, before presenting them to others. …

The System Usability Scale (SUS), created by John Brooke in 1986, offers a quick and effective way to evaluate the usability of your products and designs. SUS is a practical and reliable tool for measuring perceived ease of use, and it can be used across a broad range of digital products and services to help UX practitioners determine if there is an overall problem with a design solution.

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Unlike something like a usability report, SUS is not diagnostic and is used to provide an overall usability assessment measurement, as defined by ISO 9241–11, which is made up of the following…


Andrew Smyk

Dad, Educator & UX Designer with a focus on Mobile Design. Coffee aficionado, kettlebell killer, avid cyclist, all-round pirate and HTML5 Evangelist.@andrewsmyk

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