In this video, learn how to make the UI flow and make it scannable.
- Our brains are used to picking up on unusual things. It's what kept us alive when we lived on the Savannah and needed to know if a tiger was about to eat us. If something looked out of place, it was probably dangerous and worth paying more attention to. That creates a problem with user interfaces. If parts of the interface look out of place, different from the other parts, not grouped how we'd expect, or inconsistent, then it becomes stressful because a relatively old part of our brain starts telling us to watch out for tigers. That's one reason why consistency feels so pleasing to us in our daily lives.
When everything's in its place, there's nothing unusual, and so there's nothing we feel the need to pay more attention to. That reduces our stress levels. Our brains also do a lot of subconscious pre-processing of what we see. That means we have a certain way of interpreting the elements of an interface. For instance, we tend to automatically group.
- Designing around human limitations
- Telling stories
- How we group the things we see
- Making standard and consistent interfaces
- Smart defaults
- Reducing system latency and communicating during delays
- Making error messages into useful dialogs
- Designing for delight
Skill Level Beginner
1. How Brains Work
2. How We See Things: Perception Principles
3. Real-World Metaphors: Physical Concepts
4. Telling a Story: Workflow Concepts
5. Communicating through the UI
6. Designing for Delight
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