Studying UXD – User Experience Design

The app is live, it does have an age limit of 4+ though.

Admittedly, at this point the app is design without any formal guidelines or any science of UX design. Everything in the app is based on how I imagined an app should look, and it was coded “as I feel like it”. Very little planning went into it prior to production.

With a course I’m taking right now, I am able to learn about foundations of UX design. First and foremost, UX design is way more than the user interface. It is only true that user interface is only part of the study of UX design. So what is included in UX design?

UX design is a 5-part process that can be summarized into:

  1. Strategy
    • The foundation of any user experience
    • Asks the question: what do users want and expect from the app?
    • Asks the question: how does the app fit with users’ other goals?
  2. Scope
    • Includes functional specifications – what does the app accomplish
    • Includes content requirements – what content is of value to users
  3. Structure
    • Includes interaction design – to create a structured experience of patterns and sequences that present appropriate options to users
    • Includes an information architecture – volume of content, along with how it it’s organized, arranged and prioritized
  4. Skeleton
    • Includes interface design – to determine how to best arrange and present visual elements for the user to interact with
    • Includes navigation design – to design onscreen elements allow users to move through tasks and information intuitively
  5. Surface
    • Includes the final visual design – to use colours, images, typography and effects to reinforce the meaning of the contents, guide the user through tasks and information and reduce cognitive load, enable recognition and increase intuitive learning

This course really gets you to think about how much thinking, planning and researching is done before you sit down at a computer and create a new project in Xcode. App creation for me was with the new project created and staring at the interface builder in Xcode.

Based on a more detailed study of these five areas of UX design, I will devise my very own design process and start talking to people about their app ideas.



App is Approved!

Amazingly, “My Chinese Zodiacs” has been approved and is ready for sale! I’m really happy about it!

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It sure is exciting to receive such an email, at least for the first time! Hopefully the app will be released soon so everyone in the world is able to download it! Woot!

My next steps are:

  1. Study UX Design
  2. Devise an app design process for freelance jobs
  3. Construct a proposal sheet for freelance jobs
  4. Learn about app monetization
  5. Perfect online presence by learning and doing social media marketing
  6. Continue to learn to code!

Expecting results before Christmas, fingers crossed!

App Submitted for Review

After changing the overall colour and adding some minor changes, I finally clicked that legendary “Submit for Review” button that I have always been dreaming to press.

Like any other apps, this submission does not mark the end of this app, but instead it is a new beginning, opening to the whole world to rate, review and criticize. As it receives more feedback, it will be updated and improved. Here is a nice little email I received from a sender labeled as “iTunes Store”.Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 10.52.50 PM.png

As a first timer, I am really excited to see what kind of feedbacks will I be getting from Apple’s app reviewers, regardless of the outcome of the submission. For those of you who received TestFlight invite for version 1.1 build 5, the submitted version simply is build 6, which only includes the change from a “Universal” app to an “iPhone” app, because the app’s auto-layout works poorly on iPads, for now.

Plans for The Next Steps

I know I haven’t been blogging for a HUGE while now. I have been admittedly exploring different career options and cool stuff to do around Toronto. In the mean time, I have re-centered my career direction towards iOS development. I am once again back on track on becoming an iOS developer!

From the feedback I received from my friend WZ, my long-due Chinese Zodiac app is still not yet mature enough to be a “fully-featured, up-to-standards” iOS application. In the upcoming few days, I will be improving it from the following perspectives:

  1. UX and UI
  2. Importing contacts from the contacts app
  3. Following Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines closely

Deadline is set to be this Friday at 11:59PM! See how far I get!