Many times I've seen a design brief on a new website project and it calls for three or four different calls to action and has five or six different audience profiles. It's a constant struggle to work with all the stakeholders to narrow down that focus, but it is always a battle worth fighting.
Any sort of marketing or messaging can only really do one thing well. If you try to make everyone happy, then you will most likely wind up making no one happy – or worse, you won't create any conversions or sell any products.
It's not all about minimalism. As a conceptual approach, minimalism is a tool in your toolbox of design thinking. If you can keep this concept of 'doing one thing' at the forefront of your mind when planning a project, and work hard to stick to it, the rest will fall into place.
The reasoning for this approach is that we only have one shot to engage with someone. All things being equal, we aren't going to get much in the way of people's time when they first come across a website. It's not all about impressing them, it's about giving them the one thing they want and encouraging them to do the one thing you want them to do.
So, if the website sells socks, set things up so users can see the product and provide what they need to make a decision to buy the socks at once. I know this seems very simple, but I am constantly amazed at the number of websites that don't put their 'one thing' front and centre.
The app download page for Cutest Paw, a cute animal pic sharing app is for, well, downloading the app. It's the core feature of the page – that and showing off some cute animals.
Simply Rug Cleaning
The website for Simply Rug Cleaning really wants you to set up an appointment to have your rug cleaned. So the one thing you see first is a big 'Schedule an appointment' button.
Popular fitness device Fitbit has to overcome the issue of showing you what the device looks like. The one thing the website focuses on is displaying plenty of pictures of all of the company’s devices.
Words: Gene Crawford
Gene’s mission is to work tirelessly to provide inspiration and insight for developers. This article was originally published in net magazine.
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