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Produce design solutions
April 11, 2013
The objective of the "Produce design solution" phase is to create and develop a user interface design that is based on the requirements specification. Simple and sketchy early designs will mature into one final design through an iterative process of evaluation and redesign.
The following techniques can be used to produce design solutions:
- Card Sorting:
You can better enhance usability by creating an information architecture that reflects how users view the content. For researching this type of mental model , the primary method is card sorting. The investigator writes each statement on a small index card and requests six or more informants to sort these cards into groups or clusters, working on their own. The results of the individual sorts are then combined and if necessary analysed statistically.
Prototyping is a method used by designers to acquire feedback from users about future designs. It is an essential element of an iterative design approach, where designs are created, evaluated, and refined until the desired performance or usability is achieved. Prototyping can occur at a number of points in the design process, at varying levels of "fidelity" - from the simplest sketches to the most detailed renderings nearly at the level of of what a final interface would look like.
- Parallel Design:
With the parallel design technique, several design groups produce alternative designs in parallel from the same set of requirements. The advantage of this method is that each team member can generate ideas from seeing other team memberfs designs. The concepts generated can be combined so that the final solution benefits from all ideas proposed.