Looking at Applications Differently

Spending time with a user experience (UX) designer earlier this year, our discussion focused on a different way of looking at applications. My goal with this article is to share these thoughts in order to provide an alternative view for your new application design or conversion.
The Traditional Application
In the past, one of the initial design tactics for a new or converted application is to gain an understanding of the data model that will be utilized. There is always an understanding of what the application will be required to do, but understanding what needs to be ultimately persisted, and the underlying structure, are typical early design topics.

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