The silver bullet for a better software experience?
Keep it simple.
Whether you’re redesigning existing digital solutions or starting from scratch, there’s one surefire way to improve your software fast: Simplify it. Simplifying your UX can deliver powerful results, helping you cut down on training time, increase adoption and—most importantly—make it easier to design for mobile and responsive apps. So how do you build your UX with simplicity in mind? Read on to find out.
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Use real-world mental models
No matter what type of software you’re developing, your users will have mental models that are well understood and enable them to rely on previously perfected expertise. Use them. Designing your UX around those proven models will make your software more intuitive, efficient and easy to use.
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Optimize the core user experience
You can’t please all of the people all of the time. But you can focus on the sweet spot where 80% of your users spend 80% of their time—and that’ll get you pretty close. Understand and optimize this area for each of your target personas to deliver the most efficient and effective experience every time.
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Use and reuse proven UX patterns of views
Users expect an experience they already know. Luckily, there are proven UX patterns of views and common UI panels you can rely on to easily deliver on those expectations. Creating an experience that feels second nature will make your solutions simpler and more intuitive.
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Stick to the essentials
For each view, provide only the navigation, controls and content that are necessary for completing the work for that view. Anything that isn’t required for completing the work in a view just adds complexity and should be considered a defect.
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Deliver consistency across devices
Users expect a streamlined experience across desktop, mobile and tablet. If your apps look or behave differently on different devices, it not only negatively impacts usability—it may push users to take a look at what your competition has to offer.
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Organize tasks into optimized work areas
Every digital solution has areas where key work is accomplished. Organizing your software into optimized work areas—like a kitchen in a house—will help you simplify complex work.
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When in doubt, simplify
If there’s any question at all, err on the side of simpler. Whether it’s a button, an action or a panel—if it’s not necessary, strip it out. Ultimately, if your app really needs it you’ll know, and you can always add it back in later.