Mobile UX witnesses new trends with passing of every year. The evolution is basically evaluated on how a mobile application performs among users of various segments and how it is being perceived based on the user experience. In my past blogs, I have tried to bring forth some of the Major Challenges Encountered in UX Design. Here I list some of the very useful measures of current time that can help you enhance Mobile UX.
A number of people use their mobile devices as they move, in a rushed state. And most of the Mobile UX design service providers focus on getting most out of small touch screens, such devices does not make for easy search or navigation. When we are concerned about designing a mobile user experience, the first thing to consider is minimalist design. Every page along with homepage should have a single central focus.
In case you have any typical gesture while designing UX for mobiles, such as a swipe to the next page or a other forms of scrolling, do not assume that users will interact with these. Try to make it simpler for users. Let them easily get familiar about how to use those features with a small arrow etc. Mobile users love such small things that make their experience better.
More mobile variants means more number of dimensions. However, enticing it may be, do not just design for a 320 pixel width. The truth is even devices with resolutions 176, 240, 320, 360, 480-600 are also widely used at present. Keeping this in mind, the implementation of fluid layout in mobile UX design ensures that it displays everything properly on different screen sizes.
Gone are the days of keypad phones. Nowadays, in most of the mobile devices, the primary mode of interaction is ‘touch’. And designing for touch displays requires a level of care which is not needed in the desktop world. Instead of a using cursors, you now have to focus on fingers of all shapes and sizes. In addition, you need to study how they apply pressure to touch screens that respond differently. Make sure that forms, buttons and other elements that need a touch input or gesture are large enough to avoid overlap.
Two important performance measures in mobile site are Size and Speed. Do not use images that look fancy with effects like gradients and shadows. Study the basics of what the possibilities with CSS are and incorporate them into your design. The less effects you use with images, the better it will be performing. Although, not all CSS3 effects are available on older mobile browsers, but it can be managed. The website necessarily not to be 100% pixel perfect while designing across all devices.
In you mobile UX Design, if you are on of those who are fond of using fancy text as images in design, it’s high time time to drop it. Let text be as text. Make use of fancy fonts to achieve only the specific effect you want.