User Experience (UX) Design not only makes things look great, it can actually increase productivity for intranets and sales for e-commerce. And yet I cannot tell you how many times UX Design is an afterthought. It’s only after all the planning and requirements are done that someone asks who is going to design it. When you approach a project that way you are taking a huge risk. UX Design is extremely important.
Okay, yes, I am a designer so I am biased. But let’s look at some statistics:
- 11 years ago almost half the users on ecommerce websites failed their tasks. Now 72% complete their tasks.
- 55% of potential buyers could not complete their task because of bad or unclear content.
- You have less than 10 seconds for a user to find what they want on your web page before they leave.
- Only 71% of teens and 83% of adults are successful at navigating websites. Read More…
First, read through Microsoft’s lengthy guidelines for Windows 8 Apps. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the terminology Microsoft uses for the Windows 8 system like hub pages, live tiles and badges. Don’t worry about memorizing everything in the document, just keep it handy and refer to it when you come to that section.