Most people spend a considerable part of their day online every day, using a plethora of devices equipped with screens that solicit near-exclusive attention. Add that to the fact that millions of mobile apps and over 1 trillion web pages are simultaneously competing for our time, each trying to pry our attention away from the other. In such a cut-throat rat race, Websites with a good UI design win, whereas websites that fail to deliver the right user experience are lost to oblivion.
It’s important to keep in mind that a website is so much more than a collection of pages, held together by links. A website is an interface, a virtual space where myriad things- such as a person and an individual’s or a companies’ web presence- affect, communicate, and meet each other. That interaction is what defines an experience for the visitor, and the job of a web designer is to make sure that the user experience on your site is as pleasurable as it can be. And the key to accomplishing that feat is to always think about your users first. As they say, user centric design is king when it comes to user experience.
Good UI design focuses on anticipating the needs of your users beforehand and ensuring that the Interface incorporates elements which facilitate those actions, are easy to comprehend, and hassle free to access. An essential reality of application development is that UI holds the key to winning the hearts of your users. While too many developers consider themselves somewhat of an artistic genius, they hardly succeed in following user interface design standards or take the time out to make their applications usable. Instead, most developers are under the impression that the most vital thing is to make their color theme interesting or write a clever piece of code. In reality, a good user interface lets your users work with the application without receiving training or having to read the manuals, if they simply comprehend the problem domain.
Here are a few quintessential principles of UI that developers would do best to stick to.