UX design is an innovative and crucial process that the designers wield to bring in relevant and significant experience to its users.
According to the Interaction Design Foundation, UX principles are “fundamental points of advice for making easy-to-use, pleasurable designs as we select, create and organize elements and features in our work.” The design principles, thus, form the heart and soul of UX design practice.
It is important to practice these designs and align them for the best user experience.
In this article, I'll talk about 4 design principles that you should always follow when working on UX design.
1. Always start with user’s ease of use.
The prime among all other UX principles is focusing and making a design that is user-friendly. This is the utmost important step while making a design. Creating a web design with a blended user experience is the cornerstone of this principle.
You always need to think critically as to how the user will perceive and interact with your creation and accordingly learn through permutation and combination methods that have a continuous feedback system.
2. Steadiness and consistency
A more peculiar principle when it comes to accomplishing a successful web page/design is the steadiness of the input throughout the design so that the user gets a familiar and homely experience every time they use your interface. A constant design should run all along with the program, be it the button to home, menu or back. Research shows that users usually respond positively to screens that look familiar. Though you shouldn’t copy other source’s interfaces, creating a design similar to any established app or website can help your user steer through easily.
3. Giving the user the authority
An important but mostly missed part about the UX design principle is putting the user in control. After two decades of UX research, one of the key findings that we now know is that giving our users more control results in a better experience for them.
This concept can easily be misinterpreted, though. You should not give them full authority as they can manipulate your web page. Providing too much information at a time can also strike the user’s mind and hence despite having any high-end integrated feature, your design should be most simply and easily possible. Your program should give the user the simplest option as confirmation before exiting or resetting the page so that they get to know that their session is in their control and this is how your consumer will have a better and a comfortable experience.
When a UX designer designs an application, it becomes important for them to receive feedback for the changes done. Feedback should be prompt, meaningful, and perceivable. Receiving ambiguous feedback makes it difficult to work upon the loopholes. Hence, it is important to note, when designing the feedback hooks align them with UX goals.
Remember, UX experience is as good as nothing if it does not fulfill a user’s demand. As is rightly said by Jason Kalathas, Head of Design at Moosend "UX design is the process of developing and improving the quality of interaction between a user and all aspects of a company. It's about products that are useful, easy to use, and engaging. UX design focuses on the overall feel of the experience and is not about visuals alone."
That's all for now. Until next time.