Posted on 15 August 2022
UI design or user interface must be captivating at first glance- this is the general rule. However, what if I tell you that making your user interface attractive is not enough? Well, yes you read it right. There are numerous other things that you need to see to spice up your design. If you want to be a UI designer whose designs speak for themselves then you need to do something extra than just focusing on creating the same old boring designs. You have to think out of the box to generate exciting UI designs.
Here we are going to discuss a few things that will liven up your boring designs.
Just a rhetorical question- why do you think companies like Geico and Old spice are such recognizable brands? As we said it’s just a rhetorical question so you don’t have to stress yourself by thinking about it. We are going to answer this question, but before that, you need to know the purpose behind this question. You know what; users find it pleasing if the screen they face is witty and more interactive. Focusing more on little details can bring out the huge difference.
For instance, if a pop-up message that appears after the completion of sign-up would be “Dude! You rule. Thanks for signing up” rather than plain “sign up completed” then it would be more engaging and new, which definitely picks up the attention of the user. Thus, injecting life into your design by being artistic about little details is an excellent way to provide something new to your potential users.
Now, back to our question; well, you have already learned the answer. Geico and Old spice both brands focus on these little details that users find pleasing explaining the reason for them being famous globally.
Icons and emojis are a great way to make your site more interactive. Users can understand the purpose of a button or any other element at first glance with an appropriate icon. However, the key here is smartly using them. Don’t overdo it. Because overuse of these icons or emojis can affect the overall design and create ambiguity. So, you need to be creative about where to use them as per their need. Go nomad and Rome to Rio are the perfect examples of how you can use symbols for creative yet useful design. Just to be clear we are not promoting their websites or anything like that, we are just mentioning them because they could be a good source of inspiration if you want to learn about the usage of icons and emojis.
Again, we are here describing the importance of dark mode. Whether you are developing an app or creating a website design adding the dark mode option is providing the elixir of life to the majority of dark mode users. Ok! Ok! We admit calling dark mode elixir of life is a bit exaggerated, but believe us this is extremely important in the present and future world of UI designs.
Creative error states
We all know how users find error states undesirable. But, how good it would be if we turn these error states into something exciting? Our favorite example of this creative error state is Google chrome. We mean how genius it is that they convert the annoying “no internet” screen into an endless T-Rex running game while providing all the necessary information at the same time. So, if you want your digital product to be stuck up in users’ heads then you need to think out of the box.
In the end, we would conclude this article by saying that these four are just the basic techniques that you can use for a better design. There are many other ways you can use to excel in UI designing. However, remember that UI designing is not all about aesthetics; it has to be designed in a way that is easy to use by the users. So, be careful about the fine balance between design and usability of the design.