Don’t forget about UX in cross-platform designing
Effective restaurant experiences and web app designs both rely on balancing visual appeal with user experience; excellent food and service, or a seamless and adaptable user interface, outweigh mere aesthetics.
Appearances and experiences, though sometimes deceptive, matter
There are a few factors that help you make up your mind about a new restaurant you have just visited. You can easily divide those factors into two groups: one would be what you see and the other – what you experience. An interesting thing to remember is that they are not equally important, as the design, along with the table setting and the way food is served, may mean nothing when compared with what the food tastes like and how lovely the servers are. It works the same way when it comes to designing web-based apps.
If you still think that designing a website is just developing a website, this post is here to help you do your homework. The term designer is no longer enough; now, User Interface designer and User Experience designer are two completely different occupations. The first one takes care of what you see, and the other – what you experience. As you may realise, the two need to cooperate in designing a perfect website or application.
Why cross-platform design
Nowadays, it is no longer possible to predict what kind of platforms users choose to access your website or app from. With a growing number of smartphones, smart TVs and many more smart devices, innovative multi-platform design is essential, especially if you care about how many users access your app. Because of different device sizes, designing only one solution will not do the job. Can you imagine accessing a desktop-only app from your mobile or mobile-only website from your smart TV?
Cross-platform design is more challenging, as it not only requires making an app accessible; it is all about making it just as valuable. You need to take care of several factors when designing cross-platform applications, especially if you want UX and UI to cooperate perfectly.
- 1. Understand your user
To understand your users and why they access your app, you need to think from their perspective and consider your initial thoughts when you started the business. That way, you will understand what your users need and expect and what they feel when they use your app. Unfortunately, relying on your gut instinct is not enough; you need to run some research, such as understanding target demographic audiences. You can put yourself in your users’ shoes by analysing the data.
- 2. Think of the size
According to a study run by Google, the time we spend online is determined by the size of the device we use. The average interaction time on desktop and laptop PCs was 43 minutes, but the number dropped to 17 minutes on a smartphone. Thus, it is easier to lose customers because the app is not well-adjusted to various devices. The size, however, is not the only thing that matters. It is crucial to redesign your app so that the font, the body and all the images correspond to the relevant device.
- 3. Set project goals
There is no reason to be ashamed if your main goal is to sell the product and thus make money. To do so, however, the product must work. Setting project goals will improve the process of creating an app, but it will also improve the app.
- 4. Make sure everyone in your team knows who will use the app and what for
Whether it is meant to be used by the general public or staff exclusively, whether it is supposed to drive sales or provide information, all these things must be precise.
No matter how good your app is, ignoring the need for cross-platform designing will, sadly, destroy it. The best solution is to check how it works on every device and system. Another thing you cannot forget is the fact that more and more tools are created daily. Who knows what will be next, a smart fridge, perhaps?
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