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Designing a user journey means thinking from the perspective of the end user. In previous posts, we discussed that the path to a truly great user experience is to know what your audience actually needs and the problem you are trying to solve, and then design accordingly. It improves user experience and encourages users to stay loyal for longer. This can be anything from new features that makes tasks seamless to attractive UIs. But sometimes, knowing what annoys your end users can be just as useful.
Here are some things that users wish app designers would stop doing.
The cell phone was originally designed for one handed use. The screen was compact and you could use your thumb to operate it. Now, when the screen size of the average smartphone is bigger than 4 inches, designers tend to make the most of screen real estate. As a result, they end up placing features where it compels users to use their other hand to perform the action.
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If a user has to keep stretching his thumb, or using his other hand to access features in a smartphone, the whole experience becomes inconvenient. With the size of new smartphones rivaling those of tablets, it is important for developers to consider ease of use now more than ever before. There are two ways designers can do that:
Registration processes are remnants of the web only era when users were required to input personal details about themselves to access services. They were tedious but acceptable because there were no alternatives. The same processes would not sit well with the average mobile users who don’t have the attention span or the patience to fill ten fields just to use an application. Neither do they have the patience to go through authentication processes (e.g captcha codes) and risk redoing the entire registration in case of an error. It ruins the experience for them.
Registration processes are important for app owners since the data received helps them track user activity and see what actually works. Some applications make registration mandatory for users to access core functionalities. Take a renowned famous food chain’s application, for example, that allows users to locate their nearest branch but require registration to access this information. This can’t be changed, but the process can be made a little less tedious. To make registration less tedious for users, developers can start by:
Keep in mind, the best registration processes are the friendliest. As an app owner you can –
Notifications are a great way for developers to bring back users on their applications but sending these notifications at the wrong time kind of ruins the experience. Statistics even show that 63% of push notifications are ill timed which is why users simply swipe them away.
Untimely push notifications do nothing but annoy app users especially if they are about something totally unrelated. Because let’s face it, when a user is beeped by a notification in the middle of the night, he expects it to be about something that is worth his while (like a second reminder about an email he needed to send that day), not something totally unrelated like an ad or rating request. To start, developers can make notifications less irritating by:
In UX design trends for this year, we discussed how developmental trends are leaning towards systems that can change user experience based on users themselves. However, many applications aren’t as advanced. Nevertheless, developers can still meet users half-way in this regard. Take the following apps as examples –
When it comes to applications, one irritating aspect can snowball into a UX disaster. If developers hope to improve user experience, they must consider factors that annoy users, not only what they like.
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