User Interface design is the most critical part of the software production process. and why is so? Because if this part is done properly user will not even notice it but if it is not done properly the user will never get past it.
According to Rand Fishkin, Founder at Moz- “The trend of design toward simplicity and accessibility in software happened for a reason—simple sells, simple’s usable and simple scales.”
To create a user-friendly, appealing and robust User interface design there are certain practices and principles most UI Design Companies follow. In this article, we are going to talk about those user interface aspects which are crucial for a successful design.
1. Make actions reversible-
The user should have the power to reverse their actions. This lets them make decisions confidently and also encourages them to explore products without thinking twice. If the user is bound to be careful at every step it will lead to slower exploration and bad user experience.
The most common use of this tip is the Undo/Redo button. Most text editors, texting tools, apps, and websites provide Undo/Redo button just after a decision is made. The best example of the reversible action is the notification with the undo button provided by Gmail when users send a mail.
2. Easy-to-navigate interface-
No matter how complex your features/products or content is interface navigation should always be easy to understand for the end-user. Make navigation so simple that the user can understand where they are, what they have completed and what are the next steps. Whether it is the check-out process or content navigation try to make the user so comfortable with the whole design that they can smoothly go through the process without questioning “how to do this.
3. Provide feedback on the actions-
The system should display a clear reaction for every user action. When a user clicks a button there should be a clear indication that the action has been acknowledged. For button clicks, changing the colour of the button when pressed or a green tick would do the trick. Users tend to click twice or thrice when these simple indications are not provided and that increases the chances of redundancy of actions.
4. Visibility of system status-
Users are much more likely to complete the process when they are being informed about the status of the progress. Displaying system status is important when a user takes an action which is going to take some time to be completed. Presence of progress indicator holds a huge impact on the satisfaction and comfort of users. For example, while uploading or downloading a file your app should always display the progress indicator.
5. Go for Simplicity
“Less is more” is the new mantra of user interface design. According to Keith Ryu, Fountain- “At the heart of successful UI are the customers' needs. The intent of a positive UI experience is that it solves a problem for them and adds value and functionality that they did not have otherwise. UI involves so many visual elements, including color, shapes, and typography. We have now taken the "less is more" approach and incorporate it into our product.”
6. Design for Your Audience
When designing user interface always keep your audience in mind. Do some market research and try to understand the preference psychology of your end-user according to their location, age group, gender, profession, and other user determination factors.
For example, kids learning app designed according to the preferences of a user interface designer may not work for children. Your audience will determine the success or failure of your app so they should be the centre of your design’s idea.
There is a whole universe (or should I say Multiverse) to explore for user interface designers, but your goal should always be user satisfaction. The designs of future apps will be more enticing, predictable, intuitive, and forgiving for sure, still, these tips will help you to deliver better interfaces and user-friendly apps.