Designer Charles Eames once said “The details are not the details. They make the design.” In line with this idea, many designers have started to change the way they think about user experience. Instead of looking at the big picture and mapping out the entire user journey, a new approach called Micro UX flips the experience design process on its head. In this article, you’ll learn what Micro UX is, how it can improve your designs, and five ways to incorporate it brilliantly.
What is Micro UX?
Many designers tackle UX with a sort of big-to-small approach. That is, they think of a fundamental concept for a design or site, analyze what the end user will want to do, and consider how they can facilitate these tasks. Micro UX actually reverses that process, looking at projects with a small-to-big approach. It involves thinking about the smallest details of the design first, and assembling those to create the bigger picture.
When designing with Micro UX in mind, think about how a user will interact with specific functions on the site rather than the general motivation to use it. Start out with individual aesthetic or functional elements that you know you want to incorporate into the site, and assemble those smaller elements in order to create the bigger, more complete design. Designers and developers focusing on Micro UX may go into a design without the complete picture in mind and let the small details determine the outcome of the overall product.