Product Design Process Book

A manual for digital product design based on a multidisciplinary approach that unites product owners, designers, developers and managers. It focuses on exceptional User Experience and Interaction design, but also in keeping costs and benefits balanced, avoiding wasting resources and betting on a rapid market launch.

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About the process

We’re not keeping anything to ourselves. These are the four phases that’ll take your digital product to the next level.
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Research

The first phase of PDP is of the UX designer’s responsibility and its objective is to gather evidence that will support the decisions taken henceforth, ensuring that no decision is made based on vague assumptions. This is the phase in which the main aspects of the business model and user needs are identified.
1. Briefing
2. User Research
3. Design Benchmark

Ideation

Ideation is the core of the creative process and it's where the concept of the product will be formulated based on the user’s needs and the business model, both identified in the Research phase. Here, the UX designer, the visual designer, and the product owner should work closely together.
4. User Journey
5. Decision Matrix
6. Wireframes
7. Mood Board

Execution

This phase is of the visual designer’s responsibility and focuses on creating a physical representation of the concept that has been defined up to this point.
8. Style Guide
9. Graphic User Interface Design
10. Prototype

Technical Assessment

The objective of this phase is to guarantee that all requirements and ideas generated are realistic concerning their implementation and achievable given the available time and budget.
11. High-level Architecture
12. Project Plan

About the authors

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Beatriz Costa

Studied graphic design and multimedia and has a postgraduate degree on cognitive science. Worked as an interaction designer in France and currently works in UX design at Imaginary Cloud in Portugal.
Tiago Tiago yellow

Tiago Franco

Holds a degree in electronic engineering, a master degree in IT and a postgraduate degree in project management. Worked as a programmer, investigator and project manager. Tiago is currently CEO of Imaginary Cloud.
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Maria Grilo

Studied communication design in Lisbon and Bolzano. Worked as a designer in Munich for three years before returning to Portugal to join Imaginary Cloud as a UI designer.
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