Just on reading the title, you might think Didn't you release an article on the same topic last week? Let's address that first. Using UX and UI interchangeably is a common mistake among many Designers. So, we must differentiate the two:
User Interface (UI) refers to the space where interactions between humans and a product occur, whereas User Experience (UX) is an emotional outcome after interactions with a product.
Now, with that out of the way, let's move on to how we can deliver a mind-blowing (🤯) UX
This goes without saying, UI is an integral part of UX. Without a polished UI, you will never be able to deliver a UX worth remembering.
It is also a good idea to create a wireframe or a mockup using some tools like Figma or Adobe XD before you start developing the actual product as making changes to the wireframe is much easier than making changes in the final product.
You can check out this article to take your UI skills to the next level.
Micro-interactions are one of the key ingredients of UX. You might be wondering What are these "Micro-interaction" things?, well, let me enlighten you.
Micro-interactions refers to the small and subtle changes in the UI, triggered by some user action. Such as click, scroll, hover, etc.
Without Micro-interactions, the users will feel as if your site lacks something, even though they will be able to pinpoint the issue.
NOTE: You need not use some super fancy animations, only basic ones are good enough (but the fancy animations does help in keeping the user engaged)
Day by day, the attention span of humans is reducing to the point that even a goldfish has more attention span than us. The more actions a user has to perform to achieve his goal, the less likely it is that he will follow through.
The solution? Frequent actions should be large buttons, placed in easily reachable zones. Another method to minimize the user's effort is by opting for the following:
no action > scroll > click
In case you absolutely have to use clicks, make sure you minimize the number of clicks.
Perception of the speed of the website is based on load time and smoothness of animations. What matters the most to users is that your website feels fast (even if it is just their perception).
As mentioned in the previous point about dwindling attention spans, delays longer than a couple of seconds will often make users leave the website, so make sure that your website loads fast.
You can buy yourself a few more seconds by using smooth and captivating loading animations like these:
Often new Designers, trying to separate themselves from the herd design aesthetically pleasing, but utterly confusing layouts which leave the users scratching their heads even to accomplish small tasks. Quite evidently, the user engagement drops.
Nobody likes people (or websites) who make them feel stupid.
You should use common website patterns and interfaces instead of making the users learn something new, as consistent and easy-to-use interfaces help users concentrate on the content and navigate through it with ease.
Give yourself a pat on the back; now you too can be a great UX designer.
Hope you will employ these concepts in your applications and make awe-inspiring websites :)
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