In my last post, I talked about icons bringing universality and style to your UI. This gets your user’s attention, which is very important – especially on a crowded car lot, showroom floor or store shelf.
Great icons also draw those users in for that first meeting – like a handshake – with your product. This is your chance to win them over, so it’s up to you to make that first impression a good one!
Like a handshake, the design of your icons can trigger emotions in the user – intrigue, caution, welcome, excitement. You want your icons to make your HMI feel friendly and interesting; rich, but uncomplicated. This builds interest for your user and makes them want to explore your product.
Pair your engaging icons with easy-to-predict access to features and functionality. Your user becomes quickly familiar with the product. Use your icons to help layout your user interface, define active areas, and to draw attention to parts of your display that might otherwise be overlooked. Use subtle style changes to distinguish product settings buttons from product feature buttons.
It may be minutes, but that user feels like he (or she) has been using your product forever.