6 (more) tips to help you quickly improve your UIs

In this follow-up article, I've provided you with another set of easy-to-implement UI & UX micro-tips to help quickly improve your designs.

6 (more) tips to help you quickly improve your UIs
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Creating beautiful, usable, and efficient UIs takes time, with many design revisions along the way. Making those constant tweaks to produce something that your clients, users, and yourself are truly happy with. I know. I’ve been there many times before myself.

But what I’ve discovered over the years is that by making some simple visual tweaks you can quickly improve the visuals you’re trying to create.

In this follow up article, I’ve once again put together a small, and easy to put into practice selection of tips that can, with little effort, help improve both your designs (UI), and the user experience (UX).

Let's dive on in...

Colour-Pick from your images, and bring your products to life.

Simply colour-picking from your product images, and then applying various tints and shades of your chosen colour to your background, text, icons etc…, can add plenty of visual interest, and character to your designs.

Examples of using multiple coloured card backgrounds instead of just one colour

Try to create generous Tappable areas on Mobile.

When designing for Mobile try to create Tappable Areas large enough for fingers to, well, tap successfully.

Things can be challenging for Buttons, and Links that consist only of Text so try to go for an Icon with a Label whenever possible.

Here’s the minimum recommended Tap Areas for both iOS and Android

  • 44 x 44pt for iOS
  • 48 x 48dp for Android
Examples of using larger tappable areas on mobile instead of just links

Keep the contrast ratio acceptable between light text, and images.

Always make sure light text is legible against, well, lighter image backgrounds.

Simply applying a slightly opaque darkened background behind your text will keep a good contrast ratio between those elements.

It also allows you to easily switch between dark, and light images without the hassle of changing the text colour.

Examples of using a slightly opaque dark background used behind light text against a light image

Check out these great Fonts. Perfect for Headlines in your designs.

Here’s a selection of Serif, and Sans-Serif Commercial Fonts that I’ve used many times before, and found they work really well for Headlines, bringing a bit of warmth, and character to any design.

You can find them at fonts.adobe.com (No, I’m not getting any commission).

A selection of Serif and Sans Serif Fonts to use in Headlines

Check out these great Fonts. Perfect for Body copy in your designs.

Behold a small selection of both Serif, and Sans-Serif Commercial Fonts that I’ve used consistently for long-form Body text, and highly recommend.

You can find them over at fonts.adobe.com (No, I’m still not getting any commission).

A selection of Serif and Sans Serif Fonts to use in long-form Body text

For Download Indicators, try to be as informative as possible.

The one time you don’t want to go with the super ‘Minimal’ look is when it comes to Download Indicators.

For the user, try to make your Download Indicators as informative, and user-friendly as possible.

You can achieve this via the use of colour, a percentage figure to show the current progress, and a simple icon giving them the ability to cancel the download at any time.

Examples of the proper use of download indicators on a Mobile App

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