We’ve been talking a lot about user experience for your Lakeland web design and how it affects the users’ overall impression on your website based on how they navigate and experience your site. Some people think that user interface, which is the more visual aspect of design is simply making the design look good for the user. However, it is important to remember that user interface is the way that the user interacts with the visual aspects of your design.
Rather than being a purely visual concept, UI helps users understand how they are meant to navigate around your site. While it would be easy to assume that anybody can navigate through the interfaces of your site with no difficulty, you may be making some mistakes without knowing. Here are some tips to make the most out of your UI design.
Design for your users
This is the mantra that designers and developers will continually tell you when you ask them for design advice. You have to always design for the users that will be using your site. Understand who your target audience is, and adjust your design accordingly to meet these users’ needs. Subtle, nuanced designs won’t work well with an older demographic, and blocky, text-heavy designs won’t win over the younger ones. Before developing your design, make sure you have a clear cut profile of who your average user is expected to be, and let your design reflect that.
Understand how people will interact with your design
Since UI deals with how users interact with your design, understand ahead of time exactly how they’re going to be interacting with it. Remember what we said about designer for your average user? Make sure that how they interact with your design reflects that. When you have the information about your target demographic, don’t forget to take into account the average device that they’ll be using.
Remember what we said about avoiding subtle designs for your website if you’re designer for an older demographic? This also applies to UI. For example, avoid UI that requires them to execute elaborate swiping gestures to proceed with navigation.
Help your users understand what to expect when interacting with your design
While you, as the designer, may feel as though your UI is fairly intuitive, you need to make it clear for your users about what they should be accepting when they press this button, or open that menu. One wrong move can mean an accidental automatic transaction, or accidentally leaving negative feedback.
Let your users know what’s going to happen when they click that button by mixing your design with copy. Use clear, concise language that lets the user understand the consequences of their actions if they choose to delete or proceed with something.