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MERN Stack and UX/UI Design

19
Jun
2023

The MERN stack is a collection of four technologies, making the development process easier and smoother. There are many advantages to using this stack when creating a web app. But what are the benefits of using this stack from a UX/UI design perspective? This article will give you an overview of the MERN stack. We'll also review the UX/UI design concept and its principles. Finally, we'll cover how the MERN stack benefits the design process. Are you ready to discover the potential of this wonderful blend?

What is the MERN stack?

Facebook (now called Meta) developed the MERN stack a decade ago, standing for MongoDB, Express, React, and Node. The stack is mostly used to create web applications (or mobile apps using React Native instead of React).

How does the MERN stack work? Well, it uses a 3-tier architecture to comprise the front end, the back end, and a database. React deals with the front end, while Node and Express create the back or server sides. Finally, MongoDB is the database used in this stack. These four dev tools use JavaScript and JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) to create web applications.

All four MERN technologies are open-source and constantly improved. The stack is easy to use and allows for building apps quite quickly. Moreover, the technologies are prevalent and have excellent communities always willing to provide support.

What is UI/UX design?

The User Interface or UI is the general look and feel of a mobile or web app. UI design focuses on making features, buttons, and functions intuitively. Good UI design makes it easy for users to instinctively navigate an app or website with minimum or no external help. User Interface Design aims to appeal to users while providing a natural look visually.

Meanwhile, User Experience or UX focuses on user retention. The UX revolves around the user's journey or the visualization of a user's path to achieving a goal within the app or website. In this case, a successful design is simple and user-friendly. UX is all about how the user feels about your app or site and how seamless the user flow is. Good UX also entails making it easy for users to accomplish their goals within the app. In short, while UX design focuses on how a website or app works, UI design centers on how it looks.

Apps that are more visually appealing and easier to navigate will provide a better User Experience and, therefore, have a better chance at success. Therefore, UX/UI design is crucial to the development process.

What can the MERN Stack do for UX/UI Design?

The MERN stack is only as good as the combination of its parts. The integration of MongoDB, Express.js, React, and Node is what makes it so successful. These tools come with incredible perks that compound to create amazing User Experiences and interfaces. Below, we'll look at what makes the MERN stack valuable for UX/UI design.

1. Fast Prototypes

While getting your hands on a prototype quickly sounds like more of a financial advantage, the sooner you have a workable app or site, the sooner you can test it. The MERN stack allows you to build web apps in the short term, which means you can prototype and test UX and UI features to see what works and improve on what doesn't.

2. Improved Performance

As you may know, websites are built with HTML documents. Web browsers read these documents and create a Document Object Model (DOM) in the process. React uses JSX, a syntax extension of JavaScript, which makes it easy for developers to modify the DOM to build dynamic content for the web. In addition to being very convenient, JSX also improves performance and efficiency. Moreover, the Express.js web framework is fast and efficient, leading to high-performance web applications. If your app performs well, users are more likely to have a positive experience.

3. Interactive User Interfaces (UIs)

The MERN stack is great for creating interactive applications and sites, thanks to React and Node.js. React brings wonderful components (as we'll see below), and Node enables real-time feature integration without user updates.

4. Richer User Experiences (UXs)

The main purpose of the React library is to create excellent web User Interfaces; as we'll see below, it does so with reusable components. This saves time and effort and leads to a consistent UX! React allows developers to create a rich and smooth User Experience.

5. Reusable Components

React divides the User Interface into pieces called "components." Each component is an independent and reusable bit of code that represents part of a web page. Components make it extremely easy to break down an app and are beneficial when adding or changing UI details or functionalities. They are also simple, fast, and scalable.

Final Thoughts

The MERN stack has countless points in its favor, one of which is that it can work wonders for UX/UI design. We hope this article has given you an idea of how this stack works and its benefits from a User Experience and User Interface standpoint. Now it's time for you to test how this amazing combination can make your project stand out from the competition! Looking for help? Contact us!