User Research

A field of study that aims to understand the user experience of a product or service. Conducting UX research includes interviewing, observing, and surveying users. Understanding the user experience is important because it helps designers understand how to design a better product that will be more appealing and usable for people.

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A/B Testing

A statistical method in which two variants of the same activity are compared against each other (typically with several variants), one at a time, and the most effective variant is selected.

Flat Design

A design style first introduced by Microsoft Design Language based on minimalism and simplicity. This newer trend focuses on reducing nonsensical designs and makes the content more accessible for all users.

In this way of designing, fewer elements are used to create shapes and less emphasis on gradients and textures. This modern trend moves away from skeuomorphism. Instead, it focuses on a realistic view or illustration with buttons and icons appearing flat with no shadows.

Vertex

The meeting point where two lines cross.

Hard Return

When you need to break a line of text and start on a new line in a text box.

Storyboard

A graphical representation of a scenario, usually created and presented in sequence.

Crop

A portion of an image where the remainder is discarded.

Tittle

The typographic term for the dot above the letters 'i' and 'j'.

Greyscale / Grayscale

Black, white, and all the values of shades in between.

RAW Image

A digital image captured by a digital camera or scanner that has not been processed in any way by the camera software.

Design Sprint

A way to create and test designs. Designers use design sprints as a time-intensive method of quickly testing ideas and then pivoting into designing for user needs. A designer may then take the prototype they created on the first day of the design sprint and fix any usability issues with it, which is a quick way to get feedback on their work before continuing development.

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