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How Responsiveness Is a Critical Part of the Design Thinking Process?

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How Responsiveness Is a Critical Part of the Design Thinking Process?

In this article, we discuss basics behind designing an application and the importance of responsiveness within that process.

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This short article will quickly enlighten viewers regarding the thought process or the stages that go behind the scenes before actually developing a website. Let's get started with the design thinking process.

What Is the Design Thinking Process?

The design thinking process can be defined as the thought process or the innovative ideas that web designers use to design a website before actually developing one. It's an iterative process wherein we constantly think from the end user's perspective for solving their problems instead of just concentrating on visual appeal. Design thinking focuses more on enhancing the user experience.

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The design thinking process, in simple terms, can also be termed as a set of creative ideas that are both technically feasible for the organization as well as desirable by end-users. Improving the ease of access and overall UI experience for the end-user is the key focus in design thinking.

It all starts with identifying flaws by gaining some insights by showing empathy. Once these are identified, the team then needs to work in a collaborative way to come up with several solutions. Solutions are then tested again for identifying which one will best work for the user.

Design Thinking Process Involves the Following Phases

  1. Empathize Learn about your audience.
  2. Define  Construct a point of view based on user needs.
  3. Ideate Brainstorm and come up with creative solutions.
  4. Prototype Build a representation of your ideas.
  5. Test Test your ideas.

Now that we are aware of the design thinking process in the web world, let's also quickly understand why it's also important to consider responsiveness as a key parameter/part in the design thinking process.

Why Responsiveness Is a Critical Part of the Design Thinking Process

Responsiveness of a website means the ability of the website to render well across a range of devices each having a unique screen resolution. If your website is not mobile responsive (i.e if a user is not able to view your website properly on mobile devices like iPads, Android phones, tablets or any other mobile devices) it may seriously create a  bad viewing experience for your users. Also, one might lose out on potential customers. Hence, it is also crucial to test your website for responsiveness as well as cross-browser compatibility.

Web designing teams can make use of tools to check the responsiveness of websites online. The reason behind this being the fact that more than 55% of worldwide online traffic access the internet through mobile devices. Hence, for an organization or business to cater to every type of user and improve website performance and business numbers, having a responsive website becomes vital.

To sum up, having responsive websites is the need for an hour in this modern world where countless mobile devices are being used as an inseparable part of our lives. Hence one needs to consider responsiveness one of the most crucial parts of the web design thinking process.


Further Reading

Design Thinking and Agile Methodology for Innovation

3 Steps to Ensure Success With Design Thinking

Keys to Design Thinking

Topics:
responsive design ,design and development ,web development ,design thinking

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