Week 9

Iterative – This  is a design concept which is based on developing a prototype, then testing it to see that it meets the needs of the user. You will then take the data to be analyzed and evaluated , then go back to testing it again. This cyclic process is what pushes an idea or design forward towards an effective interface experience.

Paper prototypes – The early stage of developing a product to be tested. These type of prototypes are generally used to quickly communicate an idea or design to stakeholders and developers. It is primarily used as a usability testing technique to observe user interaction.

Low-Fidelity Prototypes – These prototypes are usually two-dimensional and in the form of a simple or rough sketches. Although most LFP’s are sometimes incomplete, the idea is to come up with a quick draft for a prototype for testing purposes.

High-Fidelity Prototypes – These type of prototypes are beyond sketches on paper because they are closer to the true representation of a product or user interface. They are usually computer-based and allow you to get realistic feedback by collecting true user performance data.

Heuristic – A type of evaluation that experts use to compare your site’s interface with accepted usability principles. This type of evaluation does not replace traditional usability testing altogether, but it definitely is a less expensive process for designers who need quick feedback.

Rollovers – Using a graphic button or text associated with JavaScript, that is either highlighted or changes altogether when the mouse cursor hovers overs the item. Rollovers can also come in the form of a banner or video that interacts with the user as they come across the content emphasized or highlighted.

Front End Development – The art of generating HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for websites or applications. Front end developers tend to focus on making the content on a site easier to read in which can promise a positive user interface experience.

Back End Development – The front end development process would not even exist without the back end development, because this is where all the data is stored to make a website functional in the first place. All the main components are maintained and powered using server side languages like PHP that help databases and applications communicate with each other.

Below the Fold – If you have to scroll to see what is at the bottom half of the page of a website, then it is most likely under or ‘below the fold.’  Though considered an outdated principle once only used in newspapers, it still plays a pivotal role in the visual hierarchy of the site’s most important content. Headlines should stand out first, then the body text and other less important content can only be visible when the user scrolls down the page.

Favicon – Short for favorite-icon, which is a shortcut button or URL that is related to a particular website or page. In fact, Internet Explorer 5 was the first application to support favicon files back in March of 1991. It was used in their favorites bookmark bar when something was bookmarked by the user.