What is UI?
UI is also known as User Interface, and it can be defined as space where the interaction between machines and human beings take place. The domain of the user interface is mainly concerned with industrial design and human-computer interaction. The primary goal of this human-computer interaction is that it allows effective operation and control of the machine by the human who has developed that machine. At the same time, the machine also serves the purpose of providing the individual with feedback information which, in turn, plays a vital role in the overall decision-making process.
The primary goal of any user interface design is to come up with a user interface that is enjoyable, easy, and efficient for the users to interact with. However, any User Interface (UI) design is far more complicated than that. And because of that, there are many other design requirements that need to be fulfilled if an individual wish to make any particular application efficient. In this blog, we will be looking at what exactly those user interface design requirements are when it comes to an order booking application.
The Key UI Design Requirements in an Order Booking App
In the world of mobile application development, the most significant roles are played by the UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience). Both of these are very extensive topics, and this is why we will only be dealing with the topic of user interface today.
If you are looking from the perspective of a designer who wishes to develop an exceptional order booking application, then that can only be accomplished after following a number of different UI design principles. This way, you can learn about what works best for the application and what does not. Sadly, this will take a considerable amount of time.
This is why we have decided to make your work easier for you by listing all the key User Interface (UI) design requirements that you should employ in an order booking app to take it to the next level. A list of those requirements has been made, and the list is mentioned below.
- Maintaining a Consistent Design Layout
Before you start to apply any user interface design principle, the first thing that you need to remember is that your user interface design principles should not just be able to attract new customers, but these design principles should also go a long way in helping you retain those new customers. This is why the first thing that you need to focus on is to maintain a consistent design layout.
You need to make sure that different sections of your application should have a similar or coherent design. Further, the entire flow of the layout of your order booking app should be consistent too. Some applications which are known for expertly applying this principle are Netflix, Dropbox, and Evernote.
- Clear Interactive Elements
You can’t have an order booking application without having some interactive elements within it. And there is not going to be any use in those interactive elements if your users can’t understand or find them. This is why you should follow a simple rule to avoid any ambiguity and try to keep the application as easy to navigate and use as possible.
- The Single Trial Learning Experience
When users are able to understand the flow and navigation process of an application in a single trial, then those applications are termed as being ‘intuitive.’ This is exactly what you should aim for.
You should ensure that the users of the application do not have to search or waste their time trying to understand the steps that they need to follow to complete any procedure. Instead, the options should be placed in such a manner that they are able to understand what the next step is automatically from that.
- Anticipating and Answering the Users Queries
Not everything is going to be clear for all the users in the application. This is why you also need to be prepared for scenarios where the users of the application will have some questions. This will further help the users in solving any common query that they might have.
- The Layered User Experience
Any successful order booking application needs to be layered. This means that all the features of the application should not be revealed at the same time. Instead, it should be up to the user to decide whether he or she wants to delve deeper into the application or not.
This puts the user in control of the experience, and it also helps in maintaining the interest of the user in the long run.
- In-App Search
In-app search is one of those features that can amplify the usability of an application exponentially. This is why you should make sure to include this feature. The in-app search feature should also come equipped with the features of a recent search, auto complete pattern, dynamic filtering, and search criteria form.
These are all the major User Interface (UI) requirements that you need to fulfil if you wish to create an exceptional order booking application. Make sure to follow all these principles and let us know which one you found the most helpful!