Continuing in the same vein, today we’ll give you some examples of how to reduce cognitive load through recognition. This means, in very simple terms, recognise what the user is trying to do, don't make them recall information.
Let’s talk about Uber. Uber are very good at making an educated guess of the user’s intention. Every morning, around 7am, I take an Uber to work. Now this is where it gets interesting. When I open the app in the morning to summon my driver, Uber makes an educated guess that I’m travelling to work. They simply suggest my office location as the destination to save me typing it in. That’s not to say Uber don’t get it wrong from time-to-time, but when they get it right, it reduces the amount of mental effort needed to complete the task, and they make their customers happy.
You can take an educated guess to help the user rather than make them do all the work. It might not always be right, but when it is, you've got happy customers. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Tomorrow on the blog, error prevention.
A major shift in the digital landscape is happening and an increasing number of companies are focusing on their users’ digital experiences.
When was the last time you downloaded a song? Did you excitedly watch the status of your download while you waited? That progress indicator you were watching was a microinteraction, my friend! As you may already know, with great user experience and user interface design “the devil is in the details.” You can’t have an amazing digital experience if the details aren’t thought through and executed well. If microinteractions are designed successfully, they make a mediocre experience great, memorable and leave users wanting to return.
People often ask "what does good UX look like?". More often than not, people argue it’s how it looks, especially in the Gulf region which is not as digitally mature. Other people say it’s how it works, which is partly true, but again, not the right answer. Yes, design and functionality are important, but we're here to let you in on a little secret: good UX is about how it makes you FEEL.