How to avoid complexity in product interface?
The reason why we add complexity is that we haven't figured out the right mental model. Here are 7 things you can do to make your product simpler
- Ruthlessly de-prioritize unimportant things. We tend to give undue importance to the new features we're building. Thing ten times before adding steps to your core user flows.
- Set reasonable defaults for infrequent actions instead of asking the user for input.
- Remember what the user did. Persist the interface state as much as possible.
- Reduce visual noise. Replace borders and shadows with white spaces. Minimize the number of styles, colors, fonts you use. Highlight only the most important thing.
- Use standard interactions, with a few tweaks if necessary. Custom components increase perceived complexity.
- Use the language of your user instead of inventing new terms.
- This is an unpopular one - Get rid of in-product onboarding. Make the interface obvious instead of trying to teach people how to operate the complex interface.