UI/UX and Design Thinking for Ethereum Blockchain Development

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In our previous article ( Review of Challenges for Ethereum Blockchain Development), we discussed the challenges of Ethereum blockchain development.

In this article, we learn how to use UI/UX and design thinking best practices while building Ethereum blockchain applications.

UI/UX, usability, and design thinking

This is a mouthful. The truth is, in order to gain widespread adoption of Ethereum and cryptocurrency, there's much to be done by the Ethereum and blockchain community to improve the usability of the technology, tools, and user experience of DApps.

Cryptocurrency may be a hot topic in the blockchain community and crypto-investor circle, but to the average Joe, the concept of Bitcoin or crypto-token is too foreign to understand. What they heard or saw is a bunch of magic alphanumeric characters. Those characters seem to make no true connection to their own daily life. It is something like 1BQhEut2E4XmYm53Qt614NbrhBvuCoyxVc in their crypto-wallets, with a final balance of 10.0005 BTC. It is hard to fathom how much I have actually owned, how much profit I gained from this trade, and how much I paid for a cup of coffee.

User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), and usability is the collective name for the user experience design. It is an experience design process of taking a user-centric approach to products and services, with a focus on usability, accessibility, and desirability throughout the entire journey and interaction with end users. It intends to design a product with the goal of creating an attachment, satisfaction, and stickiness with end users.

The usability and UI/UX of DApps will greatly influence the adoption rates of Ethereum, blockchain, and cryptocurrency. The UI's design goal is to come up an intuitive and clean design to hide all the complexity of DApps. It needs to navigate the user through complex business processes and create trust and confidence between the machine and network.
Typically, it also involves streamlining and redesigning the traditional business process and coming up with new digital experience processes.

One common technique that's used in user experience design is the design thinking process. It is a five-stage process that was developed by Stanford University, and is shown in the following diagram:

Tools and frameworks for Ethereum blockchain development

 

The preceding five-stage process is as follows:

  • Starting with empathy, it gets to know the users and understand their needs while gathering information about the targeted users.
  • It then comes up with a problem definition and tries to make sense of the user.
  • Once you have defined the problem statement, during stage 3, you can start to anticipate the user's expectation and come up with solutions and ideas.
  • The last two stages in the design thinking process are to come up with a prototype as a scaled-down version of the final design and test the new product and design with the users, and then refine and improve the design and user experience.

 

It has been an effective approach for defining innovative products and services. Those of you who are skeptical should try it out for yourself.

 

Next Article

In our next article ( Review of Ethereum Governance for Ethereum Blockchain Development), we discuss the Ethereum governance for blockchain application development.

This article is written in collaboration with Brian Wu who is a leading author of “Learn Ethereum: Build your own decentralized applications with Ethereum and smart contracts” book. He has written 7 books on blockchain development.

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