Say Goodbye to These Mobile Design Elements (Part 2)

Since it’s already 2019, I thought of compiling a series of mobile design elements that you should ditch. It’s just timely and relevant to declutter and improve your website for the better. If your mobile design elements do not work like it used to, it’s time to replace it with newer features. So, follow these tips to enhance user experience and scannability.

  • STICKY NOTES

    • Even in websites, there are sticky notes. There are design elements icons that are placed on one corner. As you move through the page, it sticks to its position. Whenever the user needs it, it is readily available.
    • Examples of these sticky web elements would be a live chat feature, or a feedback button. So, wherever you may be in a website, you can easily find the helpful button ready to help whenever something goes wrong. On desktop, these sticky elements are really effective.
    • However, on mobile-first websites, it wouldn’t work. Yes, they’re just tiny icons, but it blocks the content on your website. Since it acts like a sticky note, it will follow you everywhere, and it is placed over any text or image.
    • These sticky elements are more of a distraction on mobile sites because it they are distinct and easy to identify so that web visitors can easily click it whenever they need assistance. But when you don’t need help, it’s a source of frustration and inconvenience. So, my point is that sticky icons are not advisable on mobile.
    • Don’t let ’em block the view. If you think this feature is important in your website, at least, give your web visitors the liberty to dismiss these sticky elements. Another solution is to change these icons to social media share buttons. Instead of offering help, give your visitors the convenience to easily share the article they’re reading.
    • This way, these sticky elements are not annoying. Instead, they help you boost your interactions and engagements on social media. They will able to share your website to their circle of friends online.
A website that provides a good navigation and search function.

A website that provides a good navigation and search function.

  • UNNECESSARY CONTENT

    • Believe or not, there moments are even content is a website’s major problem. Sometimes, it’s not just about these web elements. You also need to cut down on content that is not needed to be there.
    • Don’t stress your web visitors too much information on the homepage alone. There’s this website that has content above the header. This is a huge NO! Your header is important in terms of navigation so it should be on top at all times. Don’t try to put anything else above it. The elements on top should always be your logo and then navigation. How will people navigate through your website if your header is overruled by needless content?
    • This is why you shouldn’t prioritize promotion over navigation. Don’t be the obstacle on achieving smooth mobile experience. Instead of providing too much content on the main page, why not add a search feature? That way, your header gets undivided attention, and at the same time, your users can search for something they actually want.

That’s it! I hope I have provided you with some important insights this new year. Need to recap part 1? Click here.