This article will walk you through important steps to how to design a website with best UI, and the process will help you become a more productive and successful website designer.
Understanding the Client’s Needs
Before starting your plan, you’ll need as much information from your client as possible. That helps to understand the target audience in a better way, and to build the User Interface(UI) focused on the user needs. This may affect the size and position of buttons, forms, fonts and many other aspects of the interface structure.
Research, ideas & sketch
This step is always the hardest. When I first started in the industry, I used to jump into Photoshop and start designing. I can’t stress enough how wrong that is. The best thing to do is to start on a piece of paper or we can advanced tools such as Balsamiq Mockups, Sketch, Photoshop, and InVision.
Wireframes are the blueprint of your website and is a visual guide that represents the skeletal framework of a website. Wireframes are created for the purpose of arranging elements to best accomplish a particular purpose. List all your elements to include on a web page. Next, arrange them on the page. You can do that also on paper or by using any wireframe tool such as proto.io, wireframe.cc or even Photoshop. It’s a simple layout to start working from.
After you’re done wireframing and creating your UI library, it’s time to make the wireframes interactive because when wireframe created, you must ask your questions: How are these elements going to interact with each other? Will the visitor take the actions I want him to take? How will the visitor move around the site? Here’s where user experience plays its role. So you created your layout. Next, you will create your interface and after a few iteration cycles, your wireframes should be approved.
The prototype is a highly detailed representation of the final product that simulates user interaction with the interface the best use for successful implementation. It allows you to click through your app and check the complete user flow with animations. However, prototype creation is pretty time-consuming.