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    Some General UX Errors Web Designers Usually Make!

    8 February 2021

    A web designer works on creating engaging user experiences for websites to increase conversion. While designing, they often forget the importance of engagement and make the mistake of solely focusing on visual aesthetics. Often this leads them to follow popular trends blindly and inappropriately. 

    While focusing on creating visually appealing UIs, web designers often forget that a good looking website can wow the visitors for a moment, but if it is difficult to understand, it will ultimately be of no use to the business. Some designers fail to remember that the core principle of UX is usability. The purpose of UX designing is to make the users happy. So, if there is something you may be doing wrong, this is high time to stop. 

    Here are a few mistakes that we found web designers make that can harm the UX of their website:

    Sticky Navigation Header that is Too Big: Sticky headers stay fixed in one position of the navigation window while the users scroll through a page. While they have real benefits for branding and fast interaction, the size of it can become an issue while scrolling underneath. 

    It is a common mistake that designers make by designing their sticky headers to be too big which blocks the contents underneath them. Failing to find the right balance between the size of the sticky header and the main contents can turn out into a catastrophic experience for web visitors. 

    You can easily avoid this mistake by carefully calculating the size of the sticky header with the size of the website. Another simple way is to make the sticky headers slightly transparent so that the contents can still be visible under them. 

    Not Considering Mobile Navigation Issue for Sticky Header

    While the sticky header is an excellent idea for high-resolution computer screens, it is not that ideal to be used on mobile screens. Fixed headers can take up a lot of space in mobile devices, making it difficult to navigate. 

    The best solution for this is to only stick with a sticky header for desktop browsers and use the hamburger menu for mobile applications. 

    Using Thin and Light Fonts

    There is a new trend of using thin and light-colored fonts on websites. While these thin typefaces look clean, elegant, and trendy, they can decrease the readability of the texts harming usability. The goal is to make the texts legible, not to make them look pretty. So, use a readable typeface with dark and easy to read colors. 

    Not Testing the Text Legibility on All Devices

    Designers usually use expensive devices with high-resolution screens. On these screens, lighter and thin texts look clean and perfect. But most users do not browse websites using these types of devices. In an old and inexpensive model, texts might not have clear legibility if they are thin. Not all devices work the same in all lighting conditions. So, before you decide to select a text typeface and font color for your website, check how they work on different devices in different lighting conditions. 

    Low Text Contrast

    Using low color contrast in text elements may look visually appealing, but it can seriously harm the legibility of the text. To increase the readability and for a better user experience, the designers must avoid the combination of light typeface and low contrast. 

    Not Testing with Real-World Users

    Web designers nowadays are using various design trends to make their websites aesthetically pleasing. But not all beautiful things are useful. To understand what works best for the users, it is necessary to test any new ideas with real-world users before deciding to implement them.

    Website Carousels May Not Provide Value

    Website carousels are usually seen in landing pages and homepages. They can be extremely useful at times. But they come with several usability issues. People can easily miss important contents because the rotating slides, especially the previous and next arrows are barely discoverable, making the use of carousels a common UX mistake. 

    UX design is a lot more than just visuals. A designer must carefully judge and test any new design trends before jumping into the implementation. The best way to test a website UX is by testing it thoroughly with real-life users.