UX DESIGN GUIDE II
UX, as a dynamic field and as such is a collection of different and changing trends in the design world. Nonetheless, there are basic principles that stay constant. Some of the aspects of the design process such as making artistic decisions are within the responsibility of the designer. The first thing you should probably know in UX design is that the less, the better. Less is clear. Less is concise. Less is great. A design should be intuitive and satisfy the user's basic need for it.
Although the field of UX is particularly receptive to changing trends and new technology, there are some principles at the heart of it that remain the same. These principles are consistent for designers by offering a method of approaching problems of different nature, maintaining focus. As designers, here is how to ensure consistency:
- Be contextual: Being contextual means that you design in a way that allows individuals to know precisely their status in their user journey. When accessing your design, they should not be confused or lost. Your role through your design is to be their guide.
- Be human: Believe it or not, users are sick of using products that are too "robotised." They want to feel like they are interacting with a human on the other end. They want that human touch. Show them your brand's accessibility and persona, and you can gain their trust.
- Be findable: Time management is key, Users want whatever they want doing, quickly. As a successful UX designer, your work should be easy to find and navigate.done, quickly. As a successful UX designer, your work should be easy to find and navigate.
- Be easy: Build a lasting relationship with your users by consistently providing them with easily enjoyable experiences.
- Be simple: No one has the time to sit around all day listening to technical terms. Keep the clients interested. Get to the point!
Common UI Elements
UX emphasises the way people interact with devices, UI, on the other hand, focuses on a product’s appearances and surfaces. You will find some common UI terms you should know to better what UI means in essence.
- Informational Components: When designers use informational components, they do it to enhance the reading experience or provide additional information. Message boxes and notifications are both examples of informational components.
- Breadcrumb Navigation: This tool is used to increase the usability of a website visually. It allows users to see where they are precisely when they are on a site with a hierarchical framework. It does not have to be fancy; it should just relay to the user where they are situated on the site.
- Input Controls: You use input controls to allow users multiple options as they respond to a question you asked or an action you want them to perform; drop-down lists, checkboxes, and toggles are good examples. As well, you need to keep things simple and to-the-point. The information you ask must be easy to find and go through by the users.
How to Enhance User Experience
Through research and testing, the experiences of users can be adjusted and improved. Companies use this approach on users to determine what is working and what wont Some other common ways to improve user experience are: Consultations, implementing strong calls to action, developing a responsive web design, Using Fitt’s Law- a predictive model that determines the time it takes a user to move their cursor to a target area on a website.
How to Become a UX Designer
If you find yourself fancying the design process, researching, and paying attention to people's needs, you should really consider a career in UX. There's a whole world to showcase your artistic prowess while helping people. Although a UX designer isn't as exclusive as it would seem, there are few necessary steps such as getting an education whether it's an undergraduate or certification program. A level of knowledge is necessary before building a portfolio that should be visually interesting, describe you, your visions and explain your UX growth progress. We will bring you more on this in the next post.
The truth is UX is the future. As long as people continue to depend on technology, and it becomes unavoidable in our day to day living, UX design will continue to thrive in creating stress-free, accessible and functional interactions between individuals and their devices. Indeed, UX design could not have come at a better time, and seeing as most of the world now revolves around technology, it is safe to say it is here to stay.