In this video, Diane Cronenwett details a foundational set of principles for multidevice UX.
- When starting your multidevice project, it's important to think holistically about your design, the context of use, and how each device might be suited for specific tasks. Think of your experience as a single journey with devices supporting your users' goals along the way. Designing for multiple devices can be a very complex undertaking. But there are a few different strategies you can employ depending on the needs of your specific project and the needs of your users and the form factors that you're working with. By device I'm referring to desktop computers, mobile phones, tablets, watches, TV, voice-activated interfaces, amongst other devices.
Some key principles to consider before approaching your multidevice project are design for people first. Understanding your users' tasks and goals are primary when designing for devices. Users may have an expectation that they can accomplish the same task on each device, or they may want unique tasks. Before embarking on design, understanding user needs is the first step to designing and building the right experience. Each individual device is part of an ecosystem. It's important to view each device as part of a larger ecosystem of an experience.
Users move fluidly through various devices as they sit at home, on the train, or at work. Viewing the ecosystem as a whole and understanding how devices interact with each other will help us think about the experience from a more strategic standpoint and help us make better decisions from a user experience perspective. Lastly, we want to make sure that we ensure a coherent experience. The experience should feel as if it's working together, and it's clear and intuitive to use. The user should not have to guess about how our product works from device to device.
Adhering to common interaction paradigms for each platform will go far in ensuring the experience is simple and intuitive. Your experience on each device does not have to be exactly the same but should have a coherent brand and maintain visual consistency. Designing for a multiple device scenario can be a tremendous undertaking. But keeping these principles in mind will help keep your design focused and coherent.
- Principles for multidevice design
- Responsive design in action
- Designing for multiple devices using native paradigms
- Designing mobile or tablet interfaces
- Designing for a watch, a TV, or for voice
- Creating an information architecture diagram
- Using Sketch to design your mobile experience
- Prototyping with InVision
- Exploring Bootstrap and Foundation