I don’t move any pixel from my design tool unless i’ve fully understand the requirement and what the client needs are; who’s it for, what’s it for, the problem it solves and all whatever there is and whatnots.
I always define and plan for a research phase. Create use cases and update task flows. This is to translate needs and requirements into a list of clear specifications.
I create UX workflows, wireframes and fully colored design screens. I tend to use tools such as balsamiq but a good old ballpoint pen and some printable wireframes does the job, and it’s fun! For the screens, Adobe Photoshop CC is my bestfriend.
When the design is ready, it is time to generate detailed product screens and UI patterns. Standards for all platforms and devices are determined to create a consistent experience across all devices.
I conduct informal and formal usability tests throughout the process to monitor valuable user feedback. I also work in close collaboration with the team for their opinion.
Update screens according to the feedback provided by the team. Once all is set, let’s toast to that and ready to handover to the development engineering team.