What is User Flow & How to Create
User flows are one of the most useful and multi-purpose tools in UX, they show a specific path or flow that users follow within a product. They help designers to show their developers what should they do. The user flow shows details such as screens, functionality and interactions and besides it shows motivations and steps that a user takes to complete a task or meet the goal/objectives. If you want to create your user flow, here we bring some step by step guide:
1.Consider your use
2.Create a flow outline
3.Define the elements of your user flow
4.Refine your outline.
1.cosider the user
When you are creating user flow you should keep two things in mind: business objectives and user needs. As a UX designer if you want to design the best user flow, first you should know your users, your needs of users, the problems they would like to solve, the features that are important to them, and also initial questions they may have about your products.
2. create a flow outline
In the process of designing it is better to start with a mind map or basic outline. In your mind map each box that you design should represent a step in user action.
3. define elements of your user flow
Each shape in user flow gives the reader more information about what is occurring in each step for example;
Circle: a circle is using to show entry/ exit points or it is using to connect to a different web page or screen.
Diamond: it is called a decision diamond and always asks a question and it is used to show when it needs to make a decision. The possible answers to the questions are represented by lines that are extended out of diamonds.
Lines with arrows: line with arrows take the reader through charts from shape to shape/ top to bottom, left to right.
4.refine your outline
There are some principles for refining the outline:
Make labels meaningful: use clear and to the point title that describes exactly what the user flow represents.
Choose color: colors in UX products are being used to help users identify resources, typically designers use color as a “coding system” rather than using them for styling.
Be consistent with visual structure: visual structures should be used in a way that makes the user easy to follow the user flows and stop misleading them. Keep in mind that shapes and line elements be used for the same purposes and accompanied by a key.
It is clear that user flows are key to better UX design and they are so effective when a designer wants to communicate with the client and he/she can understand users’ needs. Of course, it is a vital tool for interaction points but there is a newly developed and game-changer plugin in UX that acts like user flow and it facilitates communications and interactions with ease just with drag and drop.
Auto Flow a game-changer plugin; extremely easy to use
Now let us introduce another outstanding plugin in UX that like user flow facilitates design communication and decision making by providing context around users’ experience using a design and it is extremely easy to use, we name it auto flow. With auto flow, you can easily draw flows like wireframes, user flow and flow charts and you can understand and get to know your users with ease. Totally with the auto flow, you can:
-Build wireframe of website and app
With the wireframes tab, you can visualize the structures of your websites or app before starting your design.
-simply tell the user story
The best way to describe the users’ activity at each step is to write out what the user needs to do at each step to meet their objectives or requirements.
-create flow charts and explain the process:
Take it easy, just with drag and drop you can improve quality, productivity and consistency. You can use a flow chart to map out and explain and communicate the process.
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