Techopedia Explains DiscoverabilityHow to provide users with the right content at the right time is a major challenge for any website as it requires designers and developers to consider how users will experience a given design.
Discoverability can be achieved in a number of ways. These include:
- Size: Any element of a page that takes up more pixels is more likely to be noticed by users.
- Order: The order in which items on a page are placed can affect discoverability. Heat mapping of a given page can help give designers a sense of what areas grab users' attention.
- Design Elements: Color, font, shape, shadow and other design elements can all help to direct users' attention to specific areas of a page.
- Flow: Discoverability should aim to highlight the things a user needs most at any given time. For example, on a shopping website, the "Checkout" button should be easily discovered by users who have selected items for purchase.
- Consistency: By employing a similar style and logic consistently, designers can make life easier for users, who will be able to learn and become accustomed to the system.
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