Feb 02 2024

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A Better Understanding of User Experience Design

 

 In the late 90s and 2000s, web sites prioritized function over form. As developers, our focus was primarily on “getting it to work” rather than crafting intuitive interfaces. Consequently, websites were often clunky, confusing, and provided a … suboptimal experience for the user.

Technological Advancements: A Shift Towards Interactivity

Then came new technologies like AJAX, jQuery, and Flash. These let developers make websites that were cooler and more interactive. It was a big change because we started thinking more about how people would feel using the websites, not just what they could do with them, shifting functionality from the priority, to a baseline requirement.

Mobile Changes Everything: UX on All Devices

When smartphones and tablets entered the scene, everything changed again. People needed websites to work on all screen sizes. That’s when “responsive web design” became a thing. It meant developers had to make websites that could change and still look good no matter what device you were using.

What Makes UX Good: Simple Things That Matter

Bad Ux is confusing and frustrating, often due to cluttered interfaces and poor navigation. Inconsistencies and lack of accessibility exacerbate usability issues, leading to dissatisfaction and negative perceptions of the product or brand.

In contrast, good Ux is intuitive, simple, and enjoyable. It prioritizes clear navigation, concise labeling, and consistency in design elements. Accessibility ensures inclusivity for all users. Regular testing and refinement enhance usability.

Keep It Simple: Less Stuff, More Easy

Making things simple is super important in UX. If you put too much stuff on a website, it can be hard for people to use. I’ve learned that making things simple and focusing on what’s important makes websites easier to use.

Easy to Get Around: Making Navigation Smooth

Getting around a website should be easy. Labels should be clear, things should be organized well, and buttons should stand out. When navigation is easy, people can find what they need without getting lost.

Keep It Consistent: Making Things Look Familiar

When websites look and work the same way, it’s easier for people to use them. Keeping things like colors, fonts, and layouts consistent makes websites feel familiar and helps people know what to expect.

Make It for Everyone: Being Inclusive

Websites should be usable for everyone, including people with disabilities. Adding things like descriptions for images and making sure people can navigate with just a keyboard helps everyone use the website.

Test, Test, Test: Making Things Better

Testing is really important in UX. Getting feedback from real people helps find problems and make things better. By testing and improving, developers can make sure websites are as easy to use as possible.

Why UX Matters in Web Development

In the end, UX has become a big deal in web development. By keeping things simple, making navigation easy, staying consistent, being inclusive, and testing things out, developers can make websites that not only look good but are also easy and enjoyable to use. In today’s world, paying attention to UX isn’t just a good idea — it’s a must for success.

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