When you're working as a freelance UX or UI designer or as an agency for hire, chances are, you have to juggle a client alongside other customers.
Working with different clients makes your time unbelievably precious, and we all know that you'd much rather avoid reworks. If you go directly to implementation without testing your ideas and end up making a mistake, a rework will be much more costly and time-consuming for both parties involved.
This is why creating prototypes is always a great idea. Rather than being a time-consuming, skippable step, creating prototypes is actually so crucial because it enables you to validate design decisions much faster, and it lessens ambiguities at the development stage.
In this short guide, we'll show you how you can leverage Uizard to work faster and easier, leading to a productive partnership between you and your client!
1. Gather all project requirements from your client
As you probably already know, it is first important to define the direction of the product, as well as its core features and the clients' expectations. This stage usually means spending ample time with the client to carefully listen to their ideas and also share yours, based on your experiences. This stage is important because it allows you and your client to unanimously come up with the best way to design the product.
Once you've agreed with your client and you've done relevant research, you are now ready to start working on your design, where your goal would be to communicate your design ideas, whilst reflecting what the client wants.
2. Create a low-fidelity prototype on Uizard
Now that you've spoken to your client and nailed down some research, you're ready to start creating lo-fi prototypes on Uizard.
To create in lo-fi, make sure to enable Wireframe mode.
You can easily create screens through Uizard's drag-and-drop system. When building, it's a great idea to leverage Uizard's component templates.
If you prefer sketching your wireframes prior to working in a tool, you can simply upload your hand-drawn wireframes, wait for Uizard's AI to convert them to digital versions, and continue your work online.
When you're done with your screens, you can focus on the basic navigation flow on Uizard's Interact mode and cement your core design.
By presenting a lo-fi prototype, you can clearly get your point across and save hours of long meetings.
3. Share your lo-fi prototype or invite collaborators to iterate
Anyone who opens your shareable link can comment on your prototype!
Anyone you've invited into your organization can comment on your prototype, or build with you, depending on roles and permissions. Collaborating on Uizard is an excellent way to gather feedback and work closely with your clients or other relevant stakeholders.
4. When applicable, disable Wireframe mode, and continue your work in high-fidelity
If you are also involved in high-fidelity designing, once you and your client are satisfied with your low-fidelity prototype, it's time to work on advanced UI design! At this stage, you should implement your chosen color palette by creating a theme, either manually or automatically through Uizard's theme generator.
Uizard's automatic theme generator enables you to create themes from different sources, such as client pegs, screenshots of their inspiration, URLs to existing websites, or even Sketch files. When you generate a theme automatically, you get colors, typographies, styles, and components from your upload.
You can create multiple themes for your client to choose from, where they can simply click and see how the prototype looks in different styles! This will give your clients a wide range of choices—different designs, color textures, and fonts—and would accordingly give them a stronger idea of which changes they would like to make.
5. Iterate to completion
With your high-fidelity prototype, you can keep iterating with your client and other stakeholders. If it makes sense, you can even validate your prototype through user testing and make further improvements.
The idea is to communicate and obtain regular feedback from the client and other relevant stakeholders. This all then feeds into the cycle of designing, gathering feedback, iterating, and later on, perfecting.
Prototyping in Uizard can truly boost your productivity and collaboration. Uizard provides an efficient solution for client pitching and presentation, while offering a quick and easy way to share your prototype with stakeholders for feedbacking.
The above-mentioned workflow enables you, as a freelancer or as an agency, to validate your design decisions much faster, thus leading to a productive partnership between you and your clients. Adopt it, or customize it to your own case to make the best out of Uizard!