It's become a mantra of today's designers to opt for clean designs. No matter if you're a B2B, eCommerce or SaaS company, limiting the amount of content on a page will almost always positively impact user engagement and conversions. This isn't only based on professionals' opinions and experiences either, but is also backed up by hard data. For example, we ran a study on 300 top websites from different industries and found that there's a clear relationship between how clean a design is and how well it keeps users on a site. Specifically, we found that cluttered designs, the opposite of clean design, lead to higher bounce rates across all industries. Yet, despite all the best practices and data, clutter can still be found all over the web.
The user experience starts way before anything is read or clicked. It only takes 50ms for users to form a first impression of your website. These are gut reactions that are emotional at heart and result from the way your site is designed. It can lead users to be excited, calmed, or even bored right as they land on the page. This is why it's important to make sure that your design evokes emotions that match your product or service.
The Overloaded Cart Page: Even Zappos is Committing this UX Sin.
Working in the UX space rapidly leads to a different perspective on web design. You start looking at things through a different lens. Suddenly UX issues stand out more and become frustrating not just from a user perspective, but also a professional one, since many of them could easily be fixed.
On the EyeQuant blog, we often write about the importance of visual hierarchy on websites, and making sure that users can quickly find what they’re looking for. We often give tips for how to visually emphasize key content. But how do you know which content is actually important and needs to be seen right away?
If you've been following the EyeQuant blog, you probably already know that most websites are too cluttered. Why should you care about this? Because cluttered web designs aren't just an aesthetic problem, they're a business problem. In fact, clean, focused design is a key to success in the Distraction Economy and it's worth taking a closer look at your website. To give you a jump start, here are 3 simple steps to de-clutter your site effectively:
Product pages ultimately exist for one reason: to showcase a product a shopper is interested in and close the sale. It's where we put our washing machines, dresses, and shoes on display to convince our shoppers that this is what they’ve been looking for, and that we're the ones to buy from.
Here, it's super important that the next steps visually stand out to make it as easy as possible for shoppers to place an item into their carts. There's nothing worse than a frustrating user experience at this stage.
How then can we direct users' attention to where it matters most? This article will show you 3 ways to make your product pages more effective:
The most basic job of web design is to ensure that users can find what they're looking for as quickly and easily as possible. This is where visual hierarchy comes in, a concept originating from 20th century Gestalt Psychology, which explains how websites can lead or direct users' eyes via certain visual cues.