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01 / Plan
The Planning Phase defines a vision, structure and direction for all design initiatives. To begin a project, I work with your team to conduct user research, a competitor analysis and brand evaluations. The synthesis of this research is presented in a Design Plan that articulates a vision of the experience necessary to meet the human, technical and business factors affecting the success of the project. The Design Plan outlines tactics to implement the site's features and functionality and identifies future opportunities for growth.

Typical timing: one to two weeks

Planning Methods
Log Analysis
Questionnaires
Heuristic Evaluation
Site Mapping

 
 

02 / Prototype
With the plan in place, I next focus on the user experience, defining the information architecture, user interface and user interaction. During the Prototyping Phase, I rapidly ideate and develop appearance studies based on the concepts, strategies and user experiences outlined in the Design Plan. I develop and iteratively test the prototypes, refine and iterate again. Verbal and visual content is developed, organized and further refined. To ensure this process remains people-focused, design prototypes are informally tested with users and target audience members.

Typical timing: two to eight weeks

Prototyping Methods
Content Mapping
Wireframe Prototyping
Appearance Studies
Appearance Prototyping

 
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03 / Implement
Once the final appearance prototype has been established and tested, interface templates are built and and populated. Quality assurance measures are implemented to ensure optimal technical performance. Depending on the assignment, the solution is integrated into a host environment or finalized for production and launch.

Typical timing: two to eight weeks



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Implementation Methods
Template Development
Template Population
Regression Testing
Consistency Inspection