Sometimes we get caught up in the various technicalities of web application design, and lose sight of the simple things that we first need to get right, with respect to designing an effective application. There are 3 key elements or you could say pointers that determine the efficiency of web application design.
Taking note of these pointers guarantees a thunderous applause from users.
Don’t Surprise the User
When it comes to designing a user interface for your web application, it’s important that they are not surprised with any of the controls, features or buttons, on offer. An efficient user interface is a product of consistency. This consistency must cover the entire application, as any attempt to do something different might just confuse the user. Consistency breeds familiarity. And when it comes to web application design, familiarity doesn’t breed contempt; in fact, it breeds acceptability and efficiency.
Design that facilitates Efficiency
This pointer assumes tremendous importance while designing business applications. A user wants to optimize the use of the application in order to provide more value to the organization he/she works for. But ‘efficiency’ is not restricted to such applications alone. Take for example gaming applications. A user might take time to understand the various features that help play the game, but after that, the focus will be on ‘efficiency’. Gamers would want to become experts in a particular game; that’s possible if your design permits them to do so.
If your design doesn’t allow a user to become an expert or get the hang of the application it’s bound to fail.
Simple Design Works Best
Don’t complicate stuff! If you think a simple architecture works best for the application, use it. Don’t go trying to find ways and means to make it more complex. This will mean that you don’t get entangled in a web of intricate codes and design elements. Remember, keeping things simple will help you focus better on the purpose of your application. This, in turn, will ensure better efficiency, usability and popularity.
All developers want to offer the best web application design to their clients. But, the problem lies in the way they go about accomplishing this. The above mentioned pointers will help put things in perspective. If you get this right; you are improving your chances of improving the performance of your web application. After all, performance is everything when it comes to all products and services!