5 User Interface Elements You Need to Know

Some of the things that matter in any business, related to the technology are the user interface elements. A perfect user interface is one thing that will boost the user experience and in turn, it will help you have more customers. The main aim of any user interface us to ensure that the business, stays out of the way of the client. Basically, the business, you, should not between the platform and the client. It is an indirect way of giving the client authority and control over the platform. Your user must not be distracted at all. When you have a good UI, your user will be able to accomplish their target and as a result, they will be more satisfied and they will want to be more engaged in it.

5 User Interface Elements You Need to Know

1. Understanding the user

Understanding the user or your client, is one of the things that any business must consider. Unless you know your users and what they like, you might not be able to give them what they want. It is more paying to dig deep to learn your users than your competitors. Basically, the goals of your users are also your goals, or rather, you should aim at fulfilling what the user intends. This is why you must learn what are the users’ goals. When you have the goals with you, review them and comprehend them completely.

After learning about the goals of the users, you will then need to learn about their experience and skills. This will help you to know the complexity of the interface. Knowing the skills and experience will help you come up with an interface that will suit the user. You might want to learn about the interface that the users prefer, then study how they use it. When you are studying how they are using the interface always ensure that you have real users as you watch their progress with the interface.
It is better to stick to what the users prefer, rather than being carried away with the competition and the trendiest designs on the market. This will only make it difficult and uncomfortable to the users. You must always be ready to help the user achieve their objectives.

2. Be consistent

Consistency is another great element that you must consider when you are carrying designing the interface. If you have established a certain design or strategy with your interface, always ensure that you stick to it. Every user needs consistency, so you must always stick to it. Normally, if you a user is expecting something with the interface, it would be easier if they get what they expected. Nevertheless, if they find something overly different, they might be discouraged to use the platform again.

You must always maintain your flow, throughout your UI design. For that, anytime you introduce something new on the interface, always be sure of maintaining it fully. Such things like the layout, the design, as well as the language, must be consistent all through. When the users learn how to do something on the platform, they will need to be able to do it once again, so be consistent.

3. The visual hierarchy

This implies what the user will value most, from the most vital, to the least important. How you organize your style of design will determine how much the user will be interested in the platform. Always ensure that you have designed your interface in a well organized manner. Let it display the most important aspect first, then the others can follow. The design aspects include the color, the size, along with any other element that can help the interface work perfectly. The main aim here is to create the ability of the user to understand the platform better.

When you arrange all the elements, according to their importance and relevance, you will be sure of winning more users. Also, your existing users will be more engaged with the interface, since they will be contented by the interface design.

4. Always give feedback

The user will always want to feel appreciated. For that matter, you must have an interface that communicates to the user. The interface must always inform the user, if they performed the right action, or if it is a wrong one. Also, the interface must communicate to the user, if they misunderstood the command. Basically, you must aim to inform the users when they are carrying out their actions on the interface. If there is a change that has been made, inform them as well. In case there is an error, always provide a feedback to the user, in order to make them more comfortable and guide them accordingly. You can come up with basic messages or some pop ups, which can occur whenever there is a wrong action that has been made.

For instance, if the user is signing up for a particular service on the platform, you can have some error messages, especially for the most important information needed. When they successfully carry out the registration process, you can have a pop up message or a page redirect, which congratulates them. This can encourage them to use the platform more. Basically, ensure that you incorporate the platform with relevant feedbacks, linked to the actions that they have executed on the platform.

5. Empower the users

Empowering the user is another user interface element that you might want to apply. The user will always want to be engaged more with your interface, if they feel empowered. For instance, if the user is completely familiar with the interface and they have gone through the training, you will want to take out the training tips. You can offer more condense ways, such as including the keyboard shortcuts, which will help to make it easier and encourage the user. When the user encounters less tutorials in the interface, they will want to use it even more.

Conclusion

Always view the interface from the user’s perspective and ensure that you deliver what will suit them perfectly. With these user interface elements, you will be sure of coming up with a perfect UI, which will further boost your customer base.

Jessica Miller
Jessica is the Lead Author & Editor of UsabilityLab Blog. Jessica writes for the UsabilityLab blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to usability.
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