7 Common UI Design Mistakes to Avoid
Before you start to make changes to your UI design, it’s important to learn the do’s and dont’s. Here is a list of common mistakes you don’t want to make and some advice on how to avoid them.
1. Slow Loading Web Pages
One of the most frustrating things when navigating a site is long loading times. In our fast growing online world, users have little patience when it comes to getting the information they want. A viewer is more likely to abandon a website and move on the to the next if the page takes too long to load. Keep your load times short by erasing any nonessential content that could be taking up space, using smaller sized images and saving your files as a CSS.
2. Lack of Responsive Design
Your design may look brilliant when it’s viewed on a laptop or desktop computer, but if your design isn’t responsive, it could be frustrating to view on smaller screens like a phone. More and more people are using tablets and phones to access information online. It’s crucial that your website can be viewed easily on all platforms. Consult a web designer or learn more about responsive design here.
3. Cluttered Design
In order for users to successfully interact with your interface, the design needs to be simple. Elaborate designs will overwhelm users. Too much content means more effort on the user’s part to find what they want, and users want a process that’s easy. You want a design that can be easily scanned for information and with actions that are instinctive to the user. If you need to clean up your design, first think about your brand and how you want it to be represented. Also think about the most important content your audience wants and needs. Only include elements that coincide with both of these factors.
4. No Variation Between Elements
Without variation, users have no idea what to look at first or how to interpret different elements. For example, links are usually defined by different colors or underlined and bold text. These distinctions help users understand that something about this element is different from the rest. It also makes the process of locating information easier and can also help lead them to their next step. Use different type, font size, color, and texture to create variation.
5. Confusing Navigation
Not all of your information will be found on your homepage, and confusing navigation can deter users from continuing further. Poor navigation may be a result of unorganized content or too much content. Make sure your website navigation flows in a way that is understandable to your user. Create navigational patterns that are consistent. Make key elements like the homepage, subscription forms and crucial accessible with a single click from any page on your website.
6. No Message
User interface design is dependent on user interaction. Without giving users a clear set of rules and information, it will leave them out of control and uncomfortable. This may seem like an easy mistake to miss, but be careful not to assume that users will know how to complete an action. All actions and outcomes should be clear and if they are not predictable the situation should be explained. Don’t be afraid to state the obvious to create as clear a message as possible.
Now that you’ve learned all the mistakes to watch for, you’re ready to start making a UI design that users can feel comfortable using.
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