…ranty so please bear with me as i’m harboring major frustration suddenly having to reinvent myself. For once I’d like to see someone who writes these articles actually map out an example workflow of their process on a product design and specify how many skill sets at each stage they applied from concept to release. I just want to know exactly how many hours it took and what the project cost over time spent was. How many hours a day do you work if you do all of this on your own in addition to managing your own…
The challenge with this, for me, as that each project I do is so unique.
If you were the kind of web shop that spit out WordPress sites over and over, I could give you a clear indication of what the process, costs, and timings are for each step of the job.
But I do bespoke work and no two projects are alike. Some have huge IA and UX components, some very little. Some include front-end, some don’t.
In my experience, you want to know some basic info architecture processes so you can help clients structure their navigation, content and functions for an optimal user flow. You want to know at least enough UX to produce great low-fi wireframes, so you can work out all the navigation and functional details at a really low level before you start UI design (this also creates a great scope for development). Whether or not you get into things like user testing is up to you — I personally don’t implement them myself but encourage all my clients to do it. And then of course you need great visual design skills to finish off that UI. Bonus if you also have some front-end skills as that widens your range even more.