November 20, 2020, 0 Comments

Common Mistakes in UX design to Look Out for

Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded, and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and soberer the posture, the more beautiful it will be.” –Paulo Coelho

UX is the First key to get Success in Today’s Digital World.  Finding your Customers from Digital World is the first task that should be completed as soon as possible. The basic purpose of the user interface is to provide relevant information and a call of action in a friendly and easy-to-understand way. But if there are Common Mistakes in UX it means the website designer is only focusing on aesthetics despite the overall UI design and its usability it might lead to a poor design which ultimately translates into a poor web experience for users.

Most designers follow the trend and focus on the design and patterns of the industry. Designers need to understand people are not coming to learn new things on sites they are actually coming there to do things, and that requires simple to follow steps.

A complicated UI design can not only make it hard for users to understand the website, but they also bounce to other sites, and the purpose of creating a website die.

Kate Rutter stated, “Ugly but useful trumps pretty but pointless.” The only way to avoid UI design mistakes is to balance the aesthetics and usability of the site. Providing value is only possible if the UI designer avoids these mistakes:

Responsiveness of the Design:

The first and basic duty of the UI designers is to make the design responsive. Responsive design is a UI design that is compatible with every device and screen resolution of screen size. If the UI design is only good for website browser on PC and it does run properly on a mobile or portable device there is no use of such design. The website needs to be flexible for every device and resolution.

Focusing on Creativity and Aesthetics Rather than Usability:

If the designer is putting too much creativity into the UI design, it will create problems for the users to understand the interface. Designers need to abstain from introducing complicated designs. The beauty of the design is needed but not at the cost of usability. There is no use of a great design if users fail to understand the purpose of the site.

Following Trends:

It is ok to follow popular design layout, but designers need to stop going beyond the accepted limited of trend following. Not every trend is good to follow same as not every clothing trend is for everybody. Designers need to check out the overall industry and do their research before designing a UI on a popular design trend. In reality users like simpler and easier understand interfaces than the popular but difficult ones.

Hard to Navigate:

If the website is hard to navigate no one will open it again. A simple and crystal-clear design always fulfills the user’s expectations. A UI designer needs to place the design elements on the place users expect. For example, if there is a button on a site, it must be clearly created as a button, not as an arrow or any other shape.

UI designer must meet the expectation of the user and merge his/her creativity in a way that it does not affect the overall design and user experience.

Designing with Dummy Content:

99% of the time, designers start their UI design with the content. It is important to write content before the start of design for one basic reason. Dummy content (Lorem Ipsum) looks good in every design, and that is not the case for real content. When the design is started and finalized without content it does not match with the alignment of content later on. Later on, when you introduce the real content on the site it will make the design look not aligned with the content. It is going to look too empty or too much packed.

Wrong Fonts Selection:

Selecting fonts that are hard to read or do not match with the overall industry or website niche is one of the common mistakes UI designers make. If the fonts are hard to read users will not understand what you have offered. Ultimately you will lose your client to your competitor. When it comes to the selection of fonts there are some rules.

  • First of all, the use of web fonts is recommended.
  • You need to carefully select line spacing and line length.
  • For best readability experience chose the spacing between 140% to 180%.
  • Line length must be between 70-80 characters.
  • The size of the font must be at least 16pt.
  • If your fonts are small, they need more spacing.
  • If you change fonts, you need to recheck the line spacing.

Poor Selection of Colors:

Not every designer is poor in the selection of colors, but many experience designers can make this mistake as they show their creativity. In a UI design easy to understand and reading experience is more important than creativity.

If the contrast of colors is low, it has low usability. To get the perfect color combinations designers can utilize available color pellets on different websites. UI designers are also suggested to check the contrast of colors with online tools.

Use of Headings:

Proper use of headings is also important when it comes to UI design. If there is no regularity and proper hierarchy in the content user will not understand the purpose of the content.

Use of High-Resolution Images in Huge Sizes:

The use of high-resolution and good-quality images is very important. Images are a basic part of the body of UI design. But many designers forget to compress the images before they use them on site. This mistake creates a heavy website and the speed of the website decreases in the result.

A website with heavy images takes time to load, and if the loading time is more than few seconds no one will visit the site again. There are many plugins and online tools available to compress the size of images and still keep them in high quality. UI designers are suggested to use such tools.

Conclusion

If the UI design trends are followed blindly, they can decrease user satisfaction. A UI designer must follow the rules of simple design. A simple and easy-to-navigate design is needed with less creativity and more usability.

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