If you're new in the world of design, almost everything that you see will be drawings and what you hear will be UX jargon. And it's important to get your way around these words, to understand them and even use them. It'll give you the edge to participate in design meetings, ask questions within your team and build a network. Imagine a situation where you have a business meeting with new a client and you not just throw these UX buzzwords at them but also explain what the terms actually mean, leaving them with something new they've learned, your chances of bagging the project increases manifold.
So, we did the work for you and made a list of 15 UX Terms that you must absolutely know as designer, without further delay let's begin!
A wireframe is the blueprint of a website. It helps designers, developers and clients to envision the structure of the website. It is the first step taken before the website designing process actually starts. Wireframes are created before any code is written, to get a schematic flow of the website. This helps save a lot of time, energy and money.
A mockup is a more detailed version of the wireframe. It gives a more in-depth iteration, finer UI details, and a realistic approach to the static wireframe. A simpler way to understand the difference between wireframe and mockup is that, wireframe is a blueprint and a mockup is a visual model that gives us an understanding of what the final interface should look like.
#3 Heuristic Review
UX professionals use the Heuristic Review method to determine the usability of a website. It's important because it helps to identify issue with the product and eliminate them early on.
#4 End User
The end user is a paying customer who will be utilizing the design created by a UX professional. It's your user base, the people or the company for whom you're designing the product or website. Their acceptance is your ultimate goal.
#5 Beta Launch
It is the soft launch or pre-launch as you call it, before a product is made available in the market. UX professionals do a beta launch of their products (with or without bugs) to a small percentage of users to get their feedback and improve the final product in this way.
#6 Mood Board
Mood board is an inspiration board comprising of images, texts, fonts, and other samples of objects required in website design. They're used not just by designers but also by other creative professionals like illustrators, photographers, and filmmakers to get a visual reference for their team to utilize and work from.
Milanote is a free tool that can be used to create moodboards in minutes
Usability is the measure of ease with which a user can utilize a product or design in an efficient manner. It's the sheer ease a user has while navigating the website. For designers, this is a very important parameter, as every design should be created keeping the end-user's needs in mind. No matter, how visually beautiful a website is, if the users find it difficult to use, it's of no good.
#8 User Experience
User Experience or UX as we call it, is the process adapted by designers to create a design for its users. It involves creating the blueprint, branding, designing, usability as well as function. How a user perceives the design, is the user experience of the product.
#9 A/B Testing
A/B Testing is a technique of showing two different versions of a design to users in order to detect which of the two performs better in terms of design and preference of the users. If you're testing for websites, it's important to keep in mind that you have high website traffic to get accurate results.
#10 Site Map
A sitemap is a file that contains all the information of your website including images, videos, pdf files etc. It is an important aspect for SEO, as it helps search engines like Google to crawl the website more efficiently. Learn more about sitemaps here.
#11 Agile UX
The integration of Agile Software Methodology with UX Design methods by a UX professional is known as Agile UX. The ultimate goal of it is to combine designers as well as developers. In simpler terms, Agile UX is the more flexible and adaptive way of designing a product rather than the old-school rigid method.
#12 Lean UX
When you have a large working team, lean UX is often a great method of working. The core objective of this type of design method is to focus on obtaining feedback as early as possible which can be used to make quick decisions.
A heatmap is a really neat tool to better understand how your website visitors interact with your website. A heatmap watches the site visitors and then creates a visual report generated in real-time. This helps identify where you should place call-to-actions, important site updates and your most important elements to gain maximum conversion.
Crazy Egg is a very popular tool for this.
#14 Content Strategy
Content Strategy is all about creating great user user experiences through great content. UX is no longer just about design, valuable content too is an important part of a website's UX. Thus, many UX professionals are now incorporating content in their design.
#15 UI Element
UI elements are the different parts that designers use to build a website. It helps to make the website more user-friendly and easily navigable. Some of the common UI elements that you will come across as a designer are accordions, breadcrumbs, buttons, feature cards, carousels etc.
Remember, the idea is to understand these UX buzzwords and discuss them with your client, you don't want to lose a proposal by making the other person feel stupid! More on that here.