What is a UX specification?

The term UX specification (user experience specification) is used to describe the documentation that a user experience designer / information architect produces as their key deliverable towards the end of a design phase (of which there could be many depending on the project size and methodology). As a minimum it is most commonly comprised of site map, annotated page/UI/component wireframes, user/interaction flows.

Other assets that can be included:

  • Project/business objectives
  • Design strategy summary
  • Visual design work
  • Logical system flows
  • Personas
  • User journeys
  • Accessibility checklist/guidelines
  • Required operating environments (e.g. browser specifications/plug ins, target screen resolutions, page weights)
  • Any other important information that needs to be communicated to the wider project team

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Updated: 26 Aug 2015
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