UX/UI Experiment: Interface Design pt 1
The day is here! It's time to actually step out of the abstract of UXD and start making changes to my site! I started to dive into interaction design - defining how the system is going to interact with users behavior- and from there started to make some interface design changes.
Five of the most important principles of interaction design are:
- Visibility (don't leave discovering content to chance)
- Learnability (the interaction must be easy to learn and easy to remember)
- Predictable (use previous behaviors and experiences to make it easy on the user)
- Provide feedback (the user knows that the system has responded to their actions)
With this in mind I started to think about how my site was set up and came up with questions. Is it easy to know where you are on the site (e.g., eat, work, drink)? Does the visual layout facilitate people discovering new content? Is the required interaction intuitive or do you find yourself having to search for navigation cues?
I opened the main site and started asking more questions.
If you stumbled upon my homepage could you easily navigate to different pages?
Not really. The eye is brought to the center but the navigation is small and on the top left. If you read the site description then visually you are very far away from the different sections of the site. To start to resolve this I did two things. First, I moved the navigation bar to be centered. This means that everything the reader needs is in the same space that they are visually pulled. Next, I put more emphasis on them by increasing the size as well as decreasing the proximity to the middle text.
It's still a work in progress but it's an improvement. Constructive feedback is always welcome!
Next i'll start to explore how to achieve one of my goals:
Increase shared content.