the disciplines of user experience design

Disciplines of User Experience Design Infographic

The Disciplines of User Experience Design is an infographic by Dan Saffer (given a pretty makeover by Thomas Gläser) that explores all of the overlap between UX and other fields of design.

The Disciplines of User Experience Design.

The Disciplines of User Experience Design demonstrates the overlap with architecture, human factors (psychology), design, and computer science. This reinforces the idea of mapping journeys and interactions. It is through interactions that value is generated for both parties – customer and business.

User experience design is a human-first way of designing products. You can learn more about how we’re promoting human-first design across all industries over at The UX School.

As is found on Wikipedia:

  • User experience design (UXD or UED) is the process of enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty by improving the usability, ease of use, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the customer and the product.

The disciplines of user experience design are borrowed from several different disciplines to create a stratified set of concepts. Many user experience concepts can be taken from industrial design, product development, computer science, graphic design and psychology. What makes the combination of disciplines of user experience design unique, is the challenge of picking, choosing, mixing, and building the practices necessary to design a custom solution for the design subject.

User experience design is full of specific terminology and lingo. Again, this can be highly dependent on the solution medium. Is it a web application? Hardware/software solution? Are there peripherals or does the solution operate native?

User Experience has a very rich set of research methods. This can be observational user testing (no treatment), A/B testing, MVT (multivariate testing), Prototype/Alpha/Beta testing and community forums. Product research and competitive analysis as well. The field is loaded with research methods.

Summary of The Disciplines of User Experience Design

User Experience Design is the process of development and improvement of quality interaction between a user and all facets of a company.
User Experience Design is responsible for being hands on with the process of research, testing, development, content, and prototyping to test for quality results.

User Experience Design is, in theory, a discipline that draws from many others but has a defined practice (cognitive science).

the disciplines of user experience design

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