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Stop Designing Pages And Start Designing Flows

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For designers, it’s easy to jump right into the design phase of a website before giving the user experience the consideration it deserves. Too often, we prematurely turn our focus to page design and information architecture, when we should focus on the user flows that need to be supported by our designs. It’s time to make the user flows a bigger priority in our design process.

Design flows that are tied to clear objectives allow us to create a positive user experience and a valuable one for the business we’re working for. In this article, we’ll show you how spending more time up front designing user flows leads to better results for both the user and business. Then we’ll look in depth at a common flow for e-commerce websites (the customer acquisition funnel), as well as provide tips on optimizing it to create a complete customer experience.

This is a great article that takes an in-depth look into what it means to be a UX'er and put the customer first. Topics like:

  • Start With The User

    When starting a new Web design project, we’re often handed a design brief, branding standards, high-level project goals, as well as feature and functionality requirements.

  • Map User Flows Into Conversion Funnels

    Not all website visitors are created equal. Users come from different sources, with varying levels of knowledge and engagement, and with different goals.

  • TYPICAL USER FLOWS

    Each of these visitors has their own needs, expectations and level of knowledge, and they need to be treated accordingly.

  • Diving Into Funnels: A Closer Look At Customer Acquisition

    Let’s look at a critical flow for many websites — paid online customer acquisition — and break down its various elements.

  • DISPLAY MEDIA

    With display advertising, it all starts with the banner. The design of the banner needs to achieve one precious goal: get a click from the right person.

  • THE LANDING PAGE

    The point when the user hits the landing page is when the user flow work really begins.

  • Stacking Flows For A Complete User Experience Life Cycle

    While viewing a funnel as something like Click on banner ad → Land on Web page → Register email is easy, designing and building stacked flows that drive the business’ ultimate objectives takes a bit more thought.

  • Putting Flow Design To Work For You

    Whether you’re mapping out a brand new website or looking to optimize an existing user experience, flow design will keep you out of the trap of designing individual pages and interactions and instead focus you on fulfilling users’ needs.