Web App Interface Design Tips

Without the restrictions, like platform exclusivity or installation requirements, that plague most software, the SAAS, or software-as-a-service model used by web apps is becoming more and more popular. This field is booming, with companies competing with each other to stand out, trying to ensure their app is the most user-friendly around.

So how do you make an app user-friendly? How do you make an app with a user interface that is responsive, simple, efficient and intuitive? How do you keep up with the likes of web application development services by Oxagile, and design an app that is up to the high standards of today? Here are some tips.

  • On demand.
    • Space is very important in a web app; the area of a web app is prime real-estate. As a result you want your UI to be as simple as possible, without sacrificing functionality. A good way to do this is to hide functions unless the user actually invokes for them. The most used and simplest should be as plain to see as possible, the more esoteric, less-frequent ones should be nice and hidden, only to show when needed by the user.
    • Certain interface elements are better at certain tasks than others, meaning they’re more specialized towards that specific task. With this in mind, you want your interface elements to maximize space and efficiency, and, as such, you want the one that’s specialized for the task you need it for. For example, a calendar picker is superior to a drop down list when it comes to handling date-based decisions.
  • Press it once.
    • Sometimes, users can be impatient and press a button multiple times. This will result in a task being performed multiple times, resulting in more memory use, duplicate forms being submitted, and other sorts of efficiency problems for your app. Putting in a way to stop buttons from being pressed more than once is very useful for your app, for both you and your user.
  • Embrace your shadow.
    • Even web application development services by Oxagile consider using pop-up notifications. They’re just that common. So, you want to make sure that, as common as they are, they stand out from the rest of the UI. A shadow not only does that, it looks good doing it as well, darkening the area around a pop-up, giving the app a three dimensional feel, and making the pop-up seem closer, and, as a result, more noticeable for the user.