Every industry has their own lingo of technical acronyms or shorthand terms that can be completely intimidating to any newbie. So for anyone new to the design world — or the general tech world for that matter — let's dive into some of those acronyms so that you can confidently jump into the conversation around the conference table!
An overall impression the user has while using an app or visiting a website. Everything you will ever design is based around UX tests.
What the viewer sees and uses while on your website or app. Menus, content, forms ... all are included in your UI design.
The coding language that makes websites possible. An .html file is like a Word.doc that can only be opened in a browser.
The code that makes HTML look pretty. Think of it as your formatting for your Word.doc.
A coding language that helps HTML be more functional. Filling out a form on a website and submitting it would not be possible without HTML's fave buddy.
A fancy stylesheet that uses things like variables or nesting to help make writing CSS easier, called a preprocessor.
A company that offers their software as a serice - Google is a great example of this.
Businesses that are developed for the purpose of helping other businesses. An example of this would be if Apple uses Slack to communicate with team members.
A platform for nontech-folk to create digital content like Wordpress or Squarespace.
A web design technique that uses media queries and height/width percentages to maintain layouts across all viewports.
A web design technique where multiple versions of a site are developed specifically for the viewport size.
A phrase that uses minimal words, including a verb, to entice the user to take the next step. Usually you see CTAs inside bright, bold buttons.
Apps like Filezilla use FTP to transfer files from your computer to a website server. Make those CSS changes live, baby!