User Experience

Micro Attractions


It’s the little things that turn a good digital product into a great one. Micro-attractions are those little things or subtle interactions that make the user love the experience of the product. Inspired from the book, Microinteraction : Design with details by Dan Saffer.

A Quick Rewind

I had this friend in my previous workplace who used to always have a box of chocolates on his table. He offered those to people who came to meet him.

He always used to have a smile on his face even if he was super packed with work. He was learning UX and I asked him why this box of chocolates and why this smile? That’s when he explained the concept of micro-attractions.

What are Micro-attractions

Micro-attractions are those little things or subtle interactions that make the user love the experience of the product. In the case of my colleague, he uses micro-in- teractions like chocolates and smiles to make people feel good about him. Who doesn’t love chocolates and a good smile?

How to make use of micro-interactions in your design to create micro-attractions

Always know your users and keep them engaged. Try finding out familiar mental models which would make users happy with a tinge of humor. Use human language, and make sure to test the interaction a couple hundred times and record how the user takes it.

How does it help

Even the most tiring registration processes can be made easier and hassle-free by using proper micro-attractions. An error page can be super fun to make the user stay at the page and feel happy about getting an error and move forward to redo his process. Keeping the user engaged with animation can make the loading uploading and downloading process more enjoyable.

Keep things informal and consider these subtle interactions for elevating the overall experience of the application.

“People ignore design that ignores people” – Frank Chimero

User Experience

Data in UX design

Data In UX Design

The myth that design is just the creativity of designers is unclouded by the introduction of data into UX. UX is now getting complex as the tech world gets more sophisticated.

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The Key to Intuitive Designing

Given 15 minutes to consume content, two-thirds of people would rather read something beautifully designed than something plain. 39% of people will stop engaging with a website if images won’t load or take too long to load. This kind of data helps us create more intuitive designs that are useful. The best-executed UX design is always backed with scientific findings. The three common buzzwords that fly around about data in design are “Data-driven”, “Data-informed” and “Data-aware”. What exactly do these words mean?

Combining Data and Design

Being Data-Driven implies you are backed with substantial data needed to make a decision. “It will tell you exactly the answer you need to know in terms of what to do next.” Data-Informed means that the majority is aware of the product’s current performance and the reason behind its behaviour to make optimizations to your strategies. Data Awareness is mostly trendspotting. Here you understand the wide range and limitations of data collection and make decisions on which methodology is best on a problem by problem basis.

Getting Into the Data Mindset

Making use of all three data mindsets will grow the number of insights you need to make a decision. The most crucial part is finding out when to use each technique so that the expected outcome is in-line with the data collected. Making use of all three data mindsets will grow the number of insights you need to make a decision. Data-driven insights might need more planning and custom implementations, while data-aware is more focused on giving provision to optimise things in the future. All the three mindsets do have their place and once you figure out which one to use, it’s Yaay! Data Science + UX Design = More Conversions!

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Improvising UX With Data

It is possible to build a website or application with UX design, which is equipped to capture the user info or convert them to make a purchase. In addition to that, If you are backed with relevant data matrices and a considerable volume of processed data, the design can be improvised to make it more functional and appealing.

Creating personas for background research, qualitative and quantitative research, and objective market research will help understand user behaviour. Designing the Task Models by precisely and consistently documenting business and user information can work wonders.  Redesigning the UX by understanding and documenting factors that did not work well previously, and conducting analysis by data clustering or segmentation can augment the design. Heuristic Evaluation with qualitative data research is another smart way to learn the why’s of user behaviour.

To conclude, data merged with UX is essential for a design to be successful. This amalgam has the key to the user’s behaviour and expectations. It’s always important to learn how to use it and to be aware of the potential pitfalls of data.

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” – W Edwards Deming