Mobile UX Design Deep Dive: 7 Core Principles

The most important mobile UX design principles to follow

1. Navigation

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2. Icons and symbols

  • Clear and readable: symbols must communicate their concept with clarity. Where used, non-universal symbols should be labeled in a readable way, in order to aid understanding.
  • Aligned: minor misalignments can disturb vision and create discomfort. Icons must therefore be adjusted and balanced carefully.
  • Simple and consistent: symbols must be as simple and “brief” as possible in communicating their message and must adhere to the same stylistic rules. This reduces cognitive load.
  • Unique: providing each icon with a personality helps with recognition but also communicates a certain feeling tone that creates familiarity.

3. Speed

  • Create larger and finger-friendly tap targets
  • Minimize the movement from one item to the next based on usage patterns while leaving enough room to avoid misclicks
  • Make good use of the areas that are easiest to reach (usually with the thumbs)
  • Tailor muscular effort according to the effects of action — make actions with greater consequences slightly harder to execute to reduce unwanted effects
  • Offer one primary action per mobile screen with no more than one call-to-action to avoid choice paralysis, reduce time and cognitive load
  • Provide a clear, logical, and easy path to the content that users want to reach
  • Improve layout to make text easy to scan

4. Consistency

5. Feedback

6. Input

7. Testing

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