Invisible Computing

People engaging in the computer universe with VR
Photo by Lucrezia Carnelos on Unsplash

An interfaces is only invisible to certain people.

Consider the growing market for no-code web development. In the eyes of a novice, Wix or Squarespace is a helpful interface to fade the science of coding into the background, by helping them focus on their primary goal of quickly creating a basic website.

UX designers don’t design interfaces. They design interactions between a person and a task.

A really successful design isn’t measured by trendy features or tech. It’s one that is humble enough to disappear and allow a user to complete their task.

Someone enjoying their  Kindle.
Photo by Grant Jacobson on Unsplash

To close, let’s sum up how we can create more invisible computing experiences.

  1. Start by clearly identifying the main task. The interface needs to be tailored around your user’s task.
  2. Identify your primary users. Their unique needs and goals will guide you to make the interface disappear for them.
  3. Iterate. Our first idea is usually not the best one. Conduct effective brainstorming with your team to help you explore all the possible hardware and software solutions.



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Karl Reitzig

I’m a South African UX designer sharing my thoughts on digital design and tech.