“Rule of thumb for UX: More options more problems.” — Scott Belsky
Hick’s law states that the more options available for the users, the longer time it will take for them to make a decision.
Imagine of using an app or a website. When you launch it, you see a list of 7 to 8 possible options to follow. How will you decide what is your intended one?
You will start looking at them one by one. Try to understand the meaning of each option. And then decide about the relevant option and click on it. This whole process of exploring options, understanding them and deciding of clicking an option takes a lot of time.
“We tend to be distracted by the voices in our own heads telling us what the design should look like.” — Michael Bierut
Its very natural that when you are designing your product, you feel like a user of your product. You are the first one who will approve or reject your own designs. It is not possible that you sit with your user all the time, design screens and get his approval on each draft you create.
Then what is the solution?
Should you listen to your own voice and modify your designs as per your likes/dislikes?
“Agile is iterative. Design is iterative. Why couldn’t they work together?” — Jeff Gothelf
What is Agile?
Agile provides an iterative framework that is used to develop software products.
Being iterative means to refine your software through repetition and move continuously towards your goal. You run development cycle once, identify areas where improvement is needed, and then repeat the cycle to improve your work.
A very common error that you come across while working on internet is ‘404 error’ or ‘Page not found’ error. This appears when you enter a web address that does not exist.
The message that appears on this error page should be designed in a way that does not give user a negative impact. Along with giving a reason of the error, this page should re-direct user to an actual page of the site.
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” — Bill Gates
You are designing for your customers. You get their requirements and work hard to meet them. Sometimes your customer becomes very happy to see the outcome. And at times, he does not satisfy with your efforts and you must go to extra miles to achieve the desired results.
The user interface is intended to present everything which is easy to understand for user. Whether it is an image or a label or a text message, a user that comes to use your design should easily understand its meaning and be able to perform the desired action without any confusion.
UX writing includes every kind of text that displays on user interface. This text needs to define in a way that helps user to move forward on UI.
Few guidelines are used to define UX writing that provides the desired user experience. A list of such guidelines is mentioned below.