Being asked to redesign a website was a new experience for me, it’s not something I’ve ever done before, and 100% a newbie in the process of redesigning or even designing a website. It was a whole different experience being asked to redesign a website because of how thorough of a process it is. It wasn’t just simply creating and drafting a prototype or a wireframe, but involved a much more complicated process before you even start designing.
While one can get away with simply creating a website with their own design in mind, creating a UX driven design entailed a lot of research, surveys, interviews and trials. It entailed a process where one needed a basis for how the design would look like, and not just because he or she wanted it that way. Research is not new to a student, as we’ve done it numerous of times in subjects such as biology or chemistry. What makes the UX design different is that you’re doing research to make a design and that’s something I’ve never done before.
I think the entire process of redesigning a website, not just the design itself, is a very useful and applicable process that we should learn to apply in other aspects. I think this process of researching should be applied whenever possible because it opens up new perspectives, opinions and knowledge that can be very useful whenever we are trying to accomplish something. Even in something as creating a blog, we can always do some form of research to be able to produce something of higher quality than if we were just to go at it with our own mindset. Doing research was crucial in UX design, and I’m sure we can apply the same skills and process in other aspects of our lives.
While some may argue that research is tedious and hassle to do, the entire process of redesigning a website for UX class was actually pretty fun and interesting. It was interesting to know the thoughts and opinions of people regarding the current website and what they thought could be improved. It gave us new angles to work with and definitely opened our eyes to issues or information we would have had no idea about if we didn’t do the research. The only part that I hated was the fact we couldn’t incorporate into the design what everyone wanted. The data we gathered was very subjective and to implement them all would be impossible and impractical. We had to sort through the (long) list of data we gathered one by one and identified the most common problems that we should address.
Lucky enough, the group I was with was a group I am accustomed to working with. We already had a good dynamic going, and we knew each the strengths of each other. This helped in ensuring a more smooth process because we already knew who was good with what. Everyone was also cooperative enough which made working very efficient and very fast. Having a good group also made our meetings and sessions more fun as we saw it as a form of bonding rather than work. I think having a good group was something that made me enjoy this project overall and made the entire process very easy to accomplish.
If there was anything I could do differently, I would focus more on interviews than surveys. I think we lacked interviews for this project and when we were doing interviews, I gained more insight on what needed to be done. It was also easier to get more useful data, as surveys tend to limit the answers of respondents as compared to face to face interviews where we would have the opportunity to ask follow-up questions or clarifications on what they said. Yes, it is more tedious than spreading surveys, but the end result is a better quality research that can help in creating a better UX design.