UX Lies Revealed
User experience (UX) is all about how users perceive your product, website or application. Myths surrounding UX are plentiful. So how can a weary designer decipher fact from fiction?
ThinkVitamin blogger Keith Lang has debunked ten of the most common UX myths. Below are a few highlights of his thought-provoking list:
- Myth: Experienced designers never need to test the user interface.
Debunk: Testing is never optional. Testing independent experience of your design is cheap and necessary.
- Myth: If you have an incredible information architecture, you can slack on search – and visa versa.
Debunk: Always offer both a well-fitting structured information space and great search. Otherwise you are short changing the user and your product.
- Myth: Users are certain of what they want and like.
Debunk: People’s preferences can be swayed by external situations. So ask what people want, then research to discover their real needs.
- Myth: Users read.
Debunk: Many site users will only read link text. This means that whatever you write needs to be concise and easy to understand.
UX assumptions can kill the quality of your site or application. Take a few minutes to check out Lang’s full list to be sure you are not buying into any UX busting myths.