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Common UX Mistakes That Designers: As internet designers, we’re continuously looking to create a great person expertise and assist customers reach their objectives. The goal of web design is to create a great user experience that helps users achieve their own goals. New patterns and trends crop up constantly however, they can easily steer clients, designers and developers in the wrong direction. Drawn to the aesthetic, we can end up sacrificing usability over what’s visually appealing.

1. Large Fixed Headers

Tall, sticky headers or branding blocks and menus that have a fixed position and take up a significant amount of the viewport are more common. They stay glued to the top and often block the content underneath them.

Too Large for Comfort – If the decision to design a large, fixed header has already been made, do some testing to find out if large is too large.

Not Fixing the Problem on Mobile

Most users will be using a small screen and sticky menus could be a plus on large resolutions. However, will this translate in the mobile world? fixed position is probably not the way to go.

2. Thin Fonts

Thin fonts are everywhere these days and seem to be cropping up on numerous native mobile apps and modern websites. With screen technology advancing and rendering improving, a lot of designers are opting for thin, minimal fonts in their designs. They are elegant, fresh, and fashionable.

Not Testing the Legibility on All Major Devices

Invest in usability testing to find out if your real users are happy with the typography on all major devices: desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones.

3. Low Contrast

In recent years, low contrast has become a trend in user interface design. This is a far bigger trap to fall in especially if you combine low contrast with thin fonts. Of course, not all low contrast is bad. It can even add to the visual appeal if designed with care.

Low Body Contrast in Body Copy: While low color contrast is not exclusively bad, it can have a negative impact on the usability of your website and make text very hard to read for some of your users.

4. Scroll Hijacking

Websites that implement this trend take control of the scroll (usually with JavaScript) and override a basic function of the web browser. The user no longer has full control of the page scroll and is unable to predict its behavior, which can easily lead to confusion and frustration.

5. Ineffective Carousels

Carousels have been common on the web for quite some time. While they can be effective, they can also turn into a nightmare if not designed and developed carefully. The nightmare for your users could be the fact that they are having difficulties understanding it.

Conclusion

If you have implemented or are thinking about implementing any of the latest we trends, never sacrifice usability over the aesthetic. As a UX designer, use your best judgment and feel free to improvise while keeping your users in mind at all times.

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