The way the internet and the web technology were approached a few years back has completely changed with mobile devices taking a front row in web communication. Over the last couple of years, the use of mobile devices has only grown leaving the desktop internet access behind, replacing it with a tight 40% shift.
Earlier we only used to see scaling down of the regular desktop website to make it adapt to mobile screens. This was certainly a much-narrowed approach towards something that is so promising and futuristic in its own rights. Instead of having it this way, depending on the usage of the solution and the audience needs it has to be tuned well to serve the growing mobility aspect of it by making it available as a mobile-first design. Of course, there are challenges reaching the right perspective of a mobile app solution for different sizes and resources supported by different mobile variants, but when approached in the right manner and with right practices, the perfect mobile experience can be achieved.
Here's how to design intuitive and user-friendly mobile experience:
A mobile user is mostly in a hurried state. He rushes into things and browsing mobile content mostly comes as a part of random multitasking that goes along with many other regular things. This requires you to develop a completely focused and sorted design that helps the user interact with it effortlessly. Further, you have to keep the content minimalism rules in your mind and make it as intuitive as you can to make it work in a smooth and focused manner.
A mobile user has different reasons and situations to act. While catering to their needs you have to think about scenarios and detail-out receptions and triggers to fetch responses out of a design. This way you would know how to define levels to keep menus easy, navigation simple and the design uncluttered with ample space to communicate with the design easily on the move.
To serve your mobile audience with evenly managed and smooth designs you just can't focus on one dimension but have to look at the pixel widths required by different mobile screens. The common device widths range across 176, 240, 320, 360, ~480-600 (landscape) which need to be addressed when you are planning for mobile responsive design. You have to work on all of them if you don't want to make it a mediocre fixed-break-point interface.
Speed is the most important performance measure for any mobile site. The kinds of images you select to put on your screens have a lot of bearing with the speed and size of your site. The least you try to implement the special effects the better it is for the site's load time. Avoid having images with gradient and shadow effects and use flatter no-fancy images for your design. Learn how to use CSS to make the best out of it incorporating it right. Finally, try to make it least image-oriented and you will be through.
We have traveled far from the mold where we used to interact only with the keyboard and mouse and with the traditional mode of communication interfaces. It's all Touch nowadays when we talk about a mobile device and particularly a smartphone. Touch responsive design needs to be dealt with touch pressure, capacitive inputs and adjacent elements or gestures of the touch event across different aspects of design implementations. If you do this well, there's nothing that will block your way towards making your design successful.
These are the top practices that you need to follow in order to make your mobile site behave most compliantly with the latest mobile audience needs. If you are already following them, regularly update your approach with enhanced techniques that serve to a better mobile experience across evolved system resources and related trends in mobile user experience.