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Tapajyoti Bose
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5 UX Tricks You Must Know in 2022

Do you have what it takes to be an outstanding UX Developer in 2022? Add these tricks to your arsenal and witness your Development skills break new grounds that you didn't know even existed!

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Three Click Rule

What is the Three Click Rule you ask? A quick Google Search will reveal:

The three-click rule or three click rule is an unofficial web design rule concerning the design of website navigation. It suggests that a user of a website should be able to find any information with no more than three mouse clicks.

Er... Why is this relevant? The decline in attention span of the people lately has led to the origin of the Three Click Rule. A click is an interaction that results in the highest cognitive load, because the click works only in a small surface area.

An alternative to reduce the taxation on the brain, you can use gesture inputs like swipes, pinch or double taps (eg: Instagram & LinkedIn). The general rule of thumb is, for double taps, the surface area should be large, else you fall in the same trap as the click issue.

swipe

Appropriate use of White Space

This is one of the most crucial pillars of Modern UX. As you can see here, the one with more spaced-out content looks way professional.

no space

spaced

As you gain more experience designing UX, you slowly develop an eye for it by default. It is also crucial to maintain consistent spacing (the padding/margin in the left & right sides should be equal, same is the case for the padding/margin in the top & bottom)

You also need to maintain adequate spacing across sections, a highly spaced out section should be followed by a section with low spacing:

section spacing

To avoid lopsided spacing, one hack is to use alternate positioning:

alternate positioning

Scroll Interaction

The use of Scroll Interactions such as Scroll Storytelling, Parallax, and more are on a constant rise and can lead to truly immersive websites. Even the Mac Pro uses Scroll Interaction on the product page!

These immersive scrolling experiences are generally implemented using a technique known as Scroll Hijacking, where the scroll behavior is altered as per the requirement of the developer. Even though it has enormous upsides, it comes with a major catch: if not implemented properly, it can lead to severe accessibility issues.

scroll storytelling

Masonry Grid

masonry grid

Masonry Grid had been around for a long time but saw a rapid increase in popularity after the introduction of Windows 8. It involves a grid of elements with different sizes and provides a fresh feel over traditional grid items.

Unlike most other items in this list, this one is possibly the easiest to implement as it only requires CSS knowledge.

Cursor Interactions

Cursor Interactions is the perfect way to keep a user engaged in your website in this age of dwindling attention spans. You have a buffet of options to choose from ranging from Custom Cursors:

cursor interactions

to highly dynamic cursor interactions

NOTE: The target audience for the Cursor Interactions are the desktop users, so if your audience demographic is mainly the phone users, you could opt out of using these interactions.

Wrapping Up

In this article, we went through some cool UX tricks that you can use in your applications to give them a modern feel. Hope this helps you in your journey!

Fun Fact: This was my 50th article, I have been writing consistently for the past 50 weeks! When I started I had a lot of doubt about who will read the articles, now I have a lot of people supporting me. Thanks a lot to everyone who had been on this journey with me!

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Sonny Brown

Thanks for sharing. Lord of interesting things here to look into.