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Rich User Experience

User experience, most often abbreviated UX, but sometimes UE, is a term used to describe the overarching experience a person has as a result of their interactions with a particular product or service, its delivery, and related artifacts, according to their design. [wiki]

User experience design is integrated into software development and other forms of application development in order to inform feature requirements and interaction plans based upon the user’s goals. New introduction of software must keep in mind the dynamic pace of technology advancement and the need for change.
The benefits associated with integration of these design principles include:

  • Reducing excessive features which miss the needs of the user
  • Improving the overall usability of the system
  • Expediting design and development through detailed and properly conceived guidelines
  • Incorporating business and marketing goals while catering to the user

Experience design (XD) is the practice of designing products, processes, services, events, and environments with a focus placed on the quality of the user experience and culturally relevant solutions, with less emphasis placed on increasing and improving functionality of the design. [wiki]

Look at a very nice visualization of The Importance of User Experience.

A picture that visualises Rich User Experience

A picture that visualises Rich User Experience (click for full size)

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