Designing a user interface isn't just about making web pages beautiful. It’s also about making them functional. To ensure that a design meets a user's standards, you must first understand the user. Additionally, website pages must be interactive to enhance the experience. Knowing the UI guidelines to follow can help you avoid some common mistakes and make your interface as user-friendly as possible.
Knowing Your User
First, understand the demographic that will use your interface. Make sure that the concepts and language in the system match those of the real world. Knowing your user also ensures they get the kind of help and information they’re looking for. The information must be presented logically to make it easily understandable for users. Try to envision real-world situations and experiences to make the interface simple to use.
UI design standards help designers to properly use the right terminologies and graphic components across different pages. Following design standards helps ensure that all terminologies are interpreted correctly by the user. Avoid common mistakes - make sure that no icons are used interchangeably. Set the appropriate controls and freedoms in your user interface. Maintaining high standards makes it easier for a user to correctly interpret content.
Design guidelines are also important in preventing errors on the user interface. While users can identify errors and report them, most users do not like taking on such responsibility. Because error identification falls beyond some user's expertise, they will likely go unreported. Unchecked errors interfere with the overall experience and reduce the quality of the website. Error messages should be simple and easy to understand. Assume that all users don't have the knowledge to interpret technical terminologies. Display error messages in plain and simple terms.
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In most cases, the minimalistic approach results in better aesthetic appeal, as well as the usability of online interfaces. A minimal approach is pleasing because it reduces clutter. When the interface isn't overly busy, users can navigate it more easily. Minimalist designs also make it easier for users to retain information without being interrupted with irrelevant data.
Documentation and User Support
Most of the time, users are capable of navigating through various pages without the need for support. However, including documentation as part of a UI design is mandatory. It's essential to have support readily available and easily accessible for users. The support document should have a straightforward layout and easy to understand terms. It should help users recognize errors, diagnose those errors correctly, and swiftly recover from them.
Recognition Over Recall
Don’t rely on a user’s ability to recall information. This can take a toll on users and reduce their ability to effectively explore the interface. Instead, rely on their ability to recognize relevant information. Doing so will help you craft a UI that offers a better experience.
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