How design transfers across platforms
With so many topics to talk about and numerous personal opinions, occasionally, I’m going to have a brain dump on a few topics that come to mind. This will have me, more often than not, just oddly talk to myself, with the hope that you guys can connect with whatever I am flowing with.
Today’s little digital brain dump is about UX (user experience), and how it travels across devices such as mobiles!
Before we dive right in, please note that these are sort of my informed opinions, and not necessarily possible facts! Hopefully, you can learn or gather some insights from it.
Over the past few weeks, I have been working on websites, and inevitably, the dreaded mobile responsive stag comes knocking! It’s always a bit painful and time-consuming to do, but in this day and age, it’s a must! While I was doing that, it got me thinking…
Does the UX created by an awesome desktop website transfers into a mobile website?
What I mean is – If your desktop website has all the bells and whistles, such as an awesome design, scrolling features, layers and depth of field, etc., and you carry it across to mobile, which by limitations of the platform doesn’t allow for some things, doesn’t the awesome user experience you just created on desktop, purely by way of turning into a mobile website, lose some of that flare?
Which brings me to my next point… assuming the website obviously responds correctly and all that jazz, do we use sites on a mobile device in a far more functional and utilitarian manner compared to the desktop experience?
Meaning we don’t really miss the fact that there are all these sweet design effects and tools to increase your engagement, and I guess in some way, entertainment, that are there on desktop but not on mobile.
Note here that the Interaction Design Foundation said that it’s important to remember that we use our mobile devices differently to our desktops, and that context and usability play an important role. Maybe we are fine with websites that are more utilitarian on mobile then? I know personally, I don’t browse around much on mobile. I go in, I check for what I need, whether that’s info, online purchase and then I leave.
In the end, what I’m trying to say is that the mobile version will always be, for lack of a better word, more utilitarian than the desktop version, because of, well, mobile is mobile, and the way people use it and their attention span towards it is far different from the desktop.
Hence, it is imperative to balance what to have in mobile, in terms of design flair and layout, so that it doesn’t hinder functionality.
Would love to hear your thoughts! If you have any projects you need a hand with, you know where to find me! Would love to help.