As usual when we design for the web we need to keep the user in mind. A big part of the user experience is being able to find what you need, when you need it. Users will usually need some time to get used to the interface that you have created, especially if it is an original design. No matter how you format your website, it is still necessary for the user to be able to find whatever they need. The use of a search bar and using common phrases and names can help out the user a great deal. Making the user happy is always the first goal, because the designer is there to make sure the user is staying on the page for as long as possible.
The biggest part of designing a web page is creating an environment that the audience can easily find their way through, as well as keeping their attention. Though every once and a while someone is able to start a new trend that catches on, humans are creatures of habit, this means that we expect certain attributes to be in the same place every time. An example of keeping things consistent is having your navigation at the top right or center. Though it is possible to design a page with original navigation, people will usually go directly to the top of the page to find the navigation.
Another huge part of designing a web page is creating hierarchy throughout. Making sure that the audience is seeing what they need to see at the right time can make or break your site. Along with making sure objects are the right proportions, it’s a must that you limit needless text. People never want to whey through all of the information you have to offer, it’s important to get to the point and keep your audience on your site.
Being designer’s we constantly have to keep in mind how people view our work, because after all that is who we are designing for, the audience. When creating a web page or app, hierarchy is a major part of how the viewer chooses to navigate the page. This hierarchy that we create can make or break the user experience.
As human beings we naturally take the easiest route. When we are trying to navigate a homepage of an app or webpage, our eyes naturally visit the options that we think will help us the most. This natural navigation is something that we have to pay attention to in order to get the costumer what they want.
Another big part of creating a usable and friendly interface is making things apparent to the user, creating a “no-nonsense” sense of design. Users need to know what and when to click. Links need to be shown as clear links, and buttons should be self-explanatory.