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UX Terms Every Web Designer Must Have In Their Vocabulary
By Mikelle Leow, 10 Apr 2017
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Since user experience trends change up pretty frequently, new terms are often thrown at designers at the speed of a baseball pitching machine.
UX designer Guy Ligertwood knows just how impossible it is to keep up with all the new words, and has written a piece for UX Planet to educate other designers about the difference between edible breadcrumbs and UX breadcrumbs.
“My knowledge about technology was limited. In meetings I would keep hearing these words, but had no clue what they meant. I’d get back to my desk and google what I’d heard, hoping no one would spot me!”
Read on to learn some terms, and check out his full A to Z list of UX terms.
1. Application Programming Interface (API)
An API is how computers and web applications exchange information. For example, “an app finds the current weather in Sydney by sending a message to the ‘weather.com’ API. The ‘weather.com’ API then replies with a structured response.”
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2. Back End (Development)
The back end is what powers a website, software, or IT system. Back end developers handle the core functionality of a system. The front end is what users see and interact with.
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3. CRM Software
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software refers to software that stores customer data like names and addresses.
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4. Data Science
Data science is the art of tracking trends and insights from data. A company can then use these insights to make strategic moves for its business.
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5. Front End (Development)
Front end developers design the visual aspects of a system or website. They create features that users interact with.
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GitHub is a web-based service that’s used as a central hub to collaborate on coding projects.
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7. Hack Day/Hackathon
A hack day is when the digital team takes time off to brainstorm. The purpose of it is to get you thinking out of the box.
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9. Minimal Viable Product (MVP)
An MVP is a development style in which a new product or website is designed with enough features to satisfy its earliest users. More features are only added after user feedback.
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10. Software Development Kit (SDK)
An SDK refers to a software that helps develop apps for a specific device or operating system.
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Discover 43 more vital terms here.
[via UX Planet, videos via various sources, cover image via Shutterstock]
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