How a dated feature could be tomorrows usability standard.

Gaining UI inspiration from the past.

Mitch Mills
May 15, 2020 · 4 min read

If you could travel through time with a single idea from today, which idea would you choose and where would you travel too? A simple yet truly fascinating question that gives way to a variety of answers, many in the hopes of achieving status or wealth by visiting the past. More interestingly however is just how few of us would think to carry that idea forward into the future. 🤔

modal dialog example

Question Convention:

Are you familiar with the idea of synergy? Simply put, synergy is achieved when: “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. A common expression in the world of upper management, we strive to create team dynamics that help amplify our team members potential and output. When we look into the systems we create as experience / interface designers it's not unlike that of a team (“things” working together to do “something” greater), so the principle of synergy remains true.

Exploring Solutions:

When i first began down this train of thought I hypothesized that it would be possible to reduce both an intent and confirmation of intent in a single action. Essentially, bypass the need for a modal, which seemingly flet like a bandaid for an otherwise inadequate interaction method at this point. I took inspiration from existing solutions; check boxes, captcha, hiding the button behind the fold, and so on. While some of these solutions were more elegant than others, they all required two steps to complete, be it a scroll to tap or multiple taps.

Implementation:

Buttons are wonderful, multiple buttons less so. When looking at usability and UI its important to eliminate the complexity of a system, each interaction can be thought of as having a cost associated, ‘interaction cost’, the more a user is required to spend, the less likely they are to stick around your platform. Fortunately we were able to leverage on ‘old’ feature to help us achieve synergy in our interaction, as shown:

Traditional two step verification (Supported with haptic & audio feedback)
Single step verification (Supported with haptic & audio feedback)

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