In this post, you’ll take a look at UI Components and how they can improve your user experience. They’ll cover what they are, how they’re used in web design, and why they’re so important. The goal is to give you the knowledge you need to use them well — whether you’re designing a new website or app or just want to ensure your current one is user-friendly.
What are UI components?
UI components are the building blocks of a UI. They are reusable and can be used across multiple projects. Components are a great way to save time and effort because they allow you to reuse existing code, so you don’t have to start from scratch.
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Components also make it easier for designers and developers alike to design, develop, and maintain a UI by providing consistent functionality that is easy to use through APIs or markup language (HTML).
Do Your Research
If you’re going to be working in a new UI space, it’s important to do your research. If you’re designing an interactive component for the first time, there are a few things that will help you understand the needs of your users and the technical limitations of what can be done with that specific medium.
Find a Way to Visualize Your UI Components
The first thing you’ll want to do when you start building an interface is to find a way to visualize your UI components. For example, you can use a style guide or a pattern library-like material design. Or maybe even both! Or if you’re working with React, there are lots of great resources for that as well.
Whatever method you choose, the visualizations must be consistent and easy to read from one component to another—otherwise, things will get messy fast!
Ensure Your UI Components are Accessible
You’re probably familiar with accessibility—making your website compatible with the broadest audience possible. In this context, ‘accessibility’ means that your UI Component should be usable by people with disabilities (such as poor vision or hearing) who rely on assistive technologies to use the web.
Ideally, you would want everyone who visits your app to have an enjoyable experience. With accessibility in mind, consider how your UI Components will impact people who are blind or have low vision, as well as those with other types of disabilities, such as cognitive impairment and seizures.
Stay Organized with a Style Guide
A style guide is a living document describing your brand’s visual language. It’s a tool that helps you keep your design consistent across all your products while making life easier for developers working on those products.
A well-organized style guide should be a collaborative effort between the design team and developers and go beyond just the component designs themselves. A good style guide also includes the following:
- The naming conventions and descriptions of each component are in an easy-to-read format.
- An exhaustive list of UI elements (elements like buttons and inputs can have many variations).
Hopefully, this post has helped you understand UI components and the role they play. You might have really enjoyed learning about them and reading this post, so if there’s anything else you want to know about this, read more online.