Where do user flow diagrams fit in to the UX/UI designer’s stages of development?

I’m a web administrator by trade and am curious about UX/UI design.

After doing some research I’ve decided to resurrect an old idea and build a website. This website will serve as a tool that members of my community have been asking for for a long time, and have thus far relied on a recipe of tools that still don’t achieve the goals they wanted nor represent a positive user experience.

From further digging I found that there are 4 main UX/UI stages of development:

  1. Sketch
  2. Wireframe
  3. Mockup
  4. Prototype

Question:
Where do user-flow diagrams fit in to the four stages mentioned above?

Answer

All of the stages should be “user flow diagrams”.

You should have the user flow in mind since even before the time you start sketching until you’re finished for good on the project. Every step should be centered around the user’s behavior (flow).


As for your second question, it’s up to what you want to present yourself as and how good each of your stages actually is. If you want to be seen as someone who does all the steps, show each as you made them and put the reasoning for why you made the decisions you did. If, on the other hand, you’re applying for a more specific job (I can’t think of a job that only does part of these not the others but perhaps in a very large company this is the case), show that part in addition to the reasoning still but also show several other projects where you did the same type of work. Also, for example, if you’re not great at prototyping you may want to show more of the other three stages and less of the prototyping one.

Ultimately you want to show the skills you want to do as a job because what the company sees determines how they will use you (if at all).

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Source : Link , Question Author : brooklynsweb , Answer Author : Zach Saucier

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