Every single feature does NOT have to be crammed into the interface. A smart minimalist design will provide just enough of the core functionality up front, and allow for the gradual introduction of deeper features and extras as the user interacts with the product.
Quick-UX provides for the rapid, simple and quantifiable assessment of a product’s User Experience (UX). In answering the question of Desirability, “Do I want to use it?” the sub-category of Aesthetics is one of frequent discussion, especially in the latest wave of online products and how they handle content presentation and interaction.
The ways by which the product responds to the user’s mouse and chosen actions can positively add to the aesthetic, or, if unnecessary or excessively implemented, they can then contribute to the unwelcomed sense of gaudiness. For example, if, to view a larger version of a displayed picture, the user clicks a button, a brief transition is utilized to provide for a clear communication of button-click result, the animation will be appreciated. On the other hand, contrary to the minimalist goals, would be upon clicking the button, the page (the user interface) goes into a series of strange and drawn out animations, with clearly unnecessary special effects and flourishes, or other prompts requesting exactly how much bigger the user wanted the picture before it is ever displayed.
The Aesthetic variable’s rubric is:
The value assigned to the Aesthetics variable in determining Desirability within Quick-UX is…
Over the next few weeks I will be providing real-world examples of Aesthetics values…
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