In the image below Can you figure which one is the door?

and how to open this door? Push? Pull? Slide?

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Entering the door of your office is the first th
ing most of the working class does before they start off and reach their desk for work.

Sounds simple ?

Recently i went to a Networking event at a posh corporate park in Bombay and had a great time. But B
eing the “paying attention to the details” kind of person that i am i figured that this entry door nothing
less than an algebraic  equation which i might not have been taught in school.

 

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So many of our doors are designed in a way that send confusing signals. Look at the doors in malls, Washrooms, Coffee Shops, Corporate offices etc.

I’m so sure we have all faced this one situation where we are pushing a door and someone at the opposite ends gets hit on the nose.

And worse is when we are using the revolving doors. There is a 100% possibility of you fumbling with your own-self and feel dis-balanced.

We are habituated instinctively to pull doors that have handles and  push doors that are flat or have no handles, so whenever a door does not fit in this regular realm of design, a sign or symbol of help is required. But then again it is not a guarantee that the door will be used as desired by the designer.

What may seem like a clever or minimal design soon seems as a design failure. I very often say “Simple and Minimal does not mean Kill the Utility or Make it Non-User Friendly”

Sometimes we might see handwritten arrows or signs or text indicating direction or action that needs to be taken.

For Eg: Toilet out of order! Yes that’s the sign i mostly see around

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At times the stickers are also insufficient to override what those handles are saying.

And sometimes signs alone cannot act as a solution in itself and hence there still must be some way of knowing what action and where it is to be done. Mostly a single word labels fail to signify or rather say build that intuition in a user to take action

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How many of us subconsciously land up pushing the door when it’s written Pull?

Words can be ambiguous when it comes to universal function and understanding. Hence we see Road signs use graphic illustrations. But words and graphics are together are understood much better.

“Doors do not need an instruction manual they should simply be “KISS” – Keep it Simple and Stupid” 

 

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And finally when you figure the way the product or item works user has a sense of achievement!

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Cheers

http://www.RuthlessUx.com

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“Be User Friendly not Over Friendly” Ever heard of law of diminishing marginal utility? The more we get of something the less we want of that thing. Of course there are exceptions!

More often than not products try to be over friendly by giving features to users that they feel the user might use which in reality is only an illusion they build for themselves. This all is done is good faith unfortunately the same is not reciprocated from the users end most of the time. User is a being of minimal and  simple needs when it comes to ux.

How Companies think users will react to their NEW Features?

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How users actually respond most of the times to their NEW Features?

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Now that i have established the  EMOTION i was trying to target i will drift to a more practical part of this article.

 

 

REVIEW: Elevator Call buttons

Almost all of us in our daily lives use elevators. Sometimes in offices, hospitals, malls, schools, colleges, residential buildings etc. More often than not its a hardwired part of our lives now and we are habituated to using it.

 

 

Real Life Scenario: I was visiting one of the banks in one of these corporate buildings. I was in a bit of rush and out of the 6 elevators present i went and stood by one of them and clicked the down button to call the elevator.

Problem: 

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{Why people mostly click the down button: Based on my research: Firstly: it takes less effort to lift the hand up to the top button, secondly we as humans by default have a tendency to achieve the lowest hanging fruit i.e the Down button, thirdly: the main purpose of elevator is to take people to the higher floors as that is mostly . Hence our brain always calculates that someone has taken the lift to go to a higher floor and we assume we need to click on the down arrow to call the lift down}

Cheers,

Shaheena Attarwala.

RuthlessUx.com

User Experience is a facet of design that touches human lives in more than one ways. Its omnipresent. Physical or Virtual “experience” is something people remember more than the product. People remember how they “felt”. Many a times i see a lot of sites or for that matter even physical objects put so much effort in making a product or services complicated that the reaction users subconsciously feel is exactly how Deadpool describes in this reaction below!

 

WHYS USERS FEEL THIS WAY?

Let’s see an example!

What i am reviewing today  the tea cup you see below which is  an apt example of putting the user under stress for no reason. There is a considerable amount of effort gone into making this cup a complicated one!

 

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It’s what we call a bad execution of #productdesign and lack of #ux sensibilities. The cup is difficult to use. So clearly #user and #usability aspects of #userexperience have been blindly ignored here.

Even though the idea of the amalgamation of a wine glass and a coffee cup seems artistic and exciting but not good in terms of #industrial #design — at Khar Social.

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To the designer who took the trouble to make this  cup!

Being a good user experience designer definitely involves creative imagination but it must be an enhanced version that’s not too far from usability if not reality itself. Imagine this the tea is hot, the upper portion occupies 75% of the hot liquid. Holding the cup with one hand is like trying to balance a Pyramid upside down on your finger tip. This might help you feel what i’m trying to convey.

Cheers,

RuthlessUX

One of the main concerns of any online portal and product would be acquiring new customers and users aka Acquisition.
More often than not i see businesses take this crucial aspect for granted by designing complicated user journeys and more complexed user onboarding process.

However this is not done deliberately but its the lack of understanding their users and gap between what the business goals are and what the user/consumer goals are.

And when there is a wide gap between goals of the business and goals of the user, the result is going no where but south.

Designing a User Experience Strategy is a matter of logic and empathy.

Couple of things required to do this is:

  1. User Study / Research : Studying what the end goal of the user is. For eg in this form the form the user wants to simply book a test ride. By adding hurdles like extra and irrelevant input boxes its making the journey long, tiring, confusing and boring.
  2. Communication: Give users what they need. I donot want to do product enquiry. Don’t force me to. By writing irrelevant information and content you are expecting the user to be a super user. It does not work that way. Be simple and minimalistic unless you are adding value by clutter just declutter.
  3. Time : Its the fast age. Dont expect users to sit and work for you. They would rather leave than get bored filling your forms unless you have a monopoly say you are the central govt and filling that form is a matter of your life and citizenship it is highly unlikely the user would choose to do it.

Product Designing  can be confusing but if applied common sense its easier than what you think.

And if you see no savior and have no clue “baby just eat the data”

Data Analysis is the God’s word. It will always speak the truth. Never ignore it. It will tell you your demons and what should be your next step and incase of a disaster your SOS plan.

Cheers,

Shaheena Attarwala

 

 

Reviewing the “shortlist” feature on www.makaan.com web portal.

A potential house seeker is someone who would like to get rid of the burden of house hunting as soon as possible. For that its obvious he compares and analysis options available to him on various sites offering real estate services. One such popular website is www.makaan.com

Being one of the most successful indian sites in real estate offering i have not really seen much progress when it comes to swift user experience and usability on the website.

On reaching the listing page the first thing thats pushed on your face is the cluttered layout. The density of elements is not divided in an easy to digest format and makes you feel claustrophobic in the first go itself. While we go through the listing the if the user is deprived of the option to add any property to its list of favorites. That being said from the listing page onwards the user is actually made to go through the pain of “discovering” the add to favorites or say shortlist property option for any property the user wishes to shortlist. And lets assume somehow if the user stumbles upon the SHORTLIST option on click an irrelevant modal pops open which forces a user to enter details which are completely pointless to be asked at that moment. It would make more sense if they asked this info when the user is trying to get in touch with the seller of the property as the user is more likely to share information at that point and it also builds a sense of credibility as a brand  in the eyes of the user. Some other real estate portals have handled this scenario in a much better way compared to www.makaan.com 

Review by

Shaheena Attarwala (UX & Usability specialist Mumbai)