UI/UX is the backbone of any online business product. It is the first thing that helps you build a connection between your users and your brand. A good design enhances usability, accessibility, and users’ delight while interacting with your website or app.
Technology is taking over all the aspects of our lives and this leads to an increase in the demands from consumers. Interfaces must be able to compete with the increasing expectations. Even before writing the code and starting the build of your application, laying out a detailed UI/UX strategy is a must.
Even if you haven’t needed a UX designer in the past, there’s a good chance you will in the future. Many businesses outsource UI/UX services, and if you are looking for the same, we have listed down why offshore UX is a good business decision for your current or future UX designer needs.
Local talent can be hard to find
Effective UX design requires a lot of specialization in a lot of different areas. Hiring talent for all the different areas of UX design would not only be very expensive, it can be hard to find local talent that is also available for full-time work given the high demand for UX designers. This is especially true if you want to hire top talent, which will command a higher price and be harder to keep on staff without some other company coming along with a better offer.
Thankfully, a remote team of designers can provide you with the same skills as having an in-house team of designers. For both, you want someone who is a self-starter and will get the work done on time and as per specifications with minimal oversight on your part. As the top UX designers realize, they can make more work for themselves and take on multiple jobs at multiple firms throughout the year, it becomes easier to find a qualified person for the job without having to commit to a full year’s salary and associated perks.
The economics of developing nations
In the countries where the cost of living is low, the highest-paid professions may receive a little more than you would pay a UX designer. This means that UX designers in those nations can price themselves very competitively compared to western nations and still live a very comfortable life relative to their peers.
Of course, you’ll have to put some effort into finding the right candidate when you look outside English-speaking countries. Residents of most countries learn English as a second language, but you want to make sure that they speak it well enough that no language barriers exist. With offshoring, you’ll save money and provide someone with a better income than they could get in their economy alone.
Technology breaks down boundaries
Because it is such a visual art, there was a time in the past when doing UX work remotely would have been extremely difficult. This may be why there is still a reluctance on the part of many to embrace outsourced UX designers.
We now have technology that allows us to video conference and share our screens easily. There are cloud-based solutions, such as Miro, Figma and Invision, that allow for collaboration on even the most advanced projects so you’ll be able to give feedback to designers in a professional manner and ensure that nothing gets lost in the translation.
Combine that with the fact that all but the poorest of countries have access to high-speed internet, it is now possible to engage in real-time feedback even for visual projects like UI and UX. The boundaries that once stood in the way of taking UX design off-premise have now been torn down by technological advances.
Keeping up with trends
The world of UI/UX is changing rapidly with new trends emerging constantly. Outsourced companies have a pool of resources with varied experience that interact frequently with multiple companies globally. This allows the team to adapt to emerging trends and come up with new and innovative ideas/solutions. Keeping up with these trends is time-consuming, laborious, and demanding. If UX design isn’t the bread and butter of your business, it makes business and economic sense to outsource UX/UX aspects.
Offshoring is flexible
If you’re a large business, you already have a design department with competent directors and senior designers. In that case, it will be the additional workers that take the vision of the senior members and help implement it that would make prime candidates for offshore workers.
For small businesses, it is impossible to hire a full-time staff to do your design work. Offshoring makes finding someone for a one-off job even more affordable.
Better cost control
Working with an agency allows you to control costs in a way that hiring someone in-house does not. After signing a statement of work (SOW), agencies are required to follow the scope of work outlined in the contract.
This specific type of agreement gives you more control over when work begins and ends, as well as how much money you commit to the project.
Agency design teams must meet tight deadlines and adhere to strict, time-tested procedures. Whereas an in-house hire may take some time to settle in and understand the company, and project requirements, a good agency would begin delivering prototypes within two to three weeks.
Agencies simply do the work faster. For example, our UX team at Galaxy has been able to completely redesign relatively complex SaaS applications in less than three months, whereas an in-house team would typically take at least twice as long. Agencies can move your project more quickly to the point where your investment begins to pay off.
UX design has become a requirement in today’s competitive landscape. Knowing your product and its users is essential for striking a balance between a usable product that users desire and a product that meets stakeholders’ business goals. Offshoring is a viable option that many agency owners are leveraging while they channelize their energies in building their business. Galaxy’s approach to UI/UX outsourcing, strategy, research, and design is a homogenized effort that focuses on merging the desired outcomes for end-users and your company. There is no universal solution that fits all, and we understand that every project is different. This is why we match your needs with the right team of performant designers and engineers. Our team works with you towards a common goal of deploying robust and scalable UI/UX solutions that yield great business results. If you’ve any doubts related to UX/UI and if you need assistance, then feel free to talk to us here.