13 UX tips to live by
13 UX tips to live by
- Make signing up / creating an account as easy as possible.
Example: Offer signing up with Facebook or Google account.
- Give feedback immediately and in a place where it’s easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand. Short concise sentences.
Example: [ incorrect data ] Xyz must be specified to use this function.
- Give examples when instructions might be unclear or misunderstood.
Example: [ Your name ] Both first and last name, example: John Adams
- Use colour as clues but never exclusively.
Example: [ incorrect data ] ( <— Form field has red border ) * Please enter a valid phone number. example: (888) 123-4567
Example 2: (X ) ON, click to turn off. ( <— Switch widget is green when turned on, red when off )
- Use the MVP technique: Release early, small and expandable / upscalable. Then, provide updates frequently.
- Offer free trials. Allow people to try your product / service for free for a limited time.
Example: Allow simple, free, refunds if the shoes don’t fit or the product arrived later then promised.
- Most popular options should be closest to the top, easy to find.
Example: Download drivers here Read customer reviews of our products Get help with support issues Create a free account [ LOG IN ]
- Limit options to five or less, ideally only three, sometimes even only one.
Example: [ SEARCH ] [ BROWSE alphabetical list ] [ BROWSE by release date ]
Example 2: [ New Message ] [ Search messages ] [ Settings ] Help Log out
- Use quality images with an option for larger sizes (by clicking on image, also allow zooming). Also, make prices clear and easy to see / find.
- Allow users to customise the look and what information they see on a page / panel. And make it easy for them to remove unwanted shit, like ads, promotions, etc.
- Make it easy to undo. Users often change their minds or even press a wrong link / button. They don’t need to be punished for making a mistake.
- Use Gamification techniques (like rewards) to teach and motivate users to complete tasks. Make it fun!
- Ease users into any complicated information they need to know. Do not overwhelm them with too much too soon.