Micro-interaction might seem like a new word to you, but the chances are that the second you opened your eyes in the morning, you performed a micro-interaction! No, your mobile devices are not the only form of micro-interaction but the apps, and every smallest function that we perform flawlessly is a micro-interaction.
Switching on and off of the voice controls, changing one song from another, turning off the alarms, liking a picture, posting something on social media or sending a text message to your friends, all of these are micro-interactions. Simply put, it is a task-based interaction in most of the electronic devices to perform a certain function effortlessly.
Animated micro-interactions are en vogue these days, and if you are struggling to embed micro-interaction within your apps, then the following ways will sort it out for you.
Display the Status of an Upload
Keeping your users in the dark about what is happening to their uploaded files can make them lose interest in your apps for good.
The reason for this is because there are many other apps that incorporate micro-interactions to captivate users. Inform the users about the status of their file by incorporating minimalistic micro-interactions. The process to upload data will become bearable if animated micro-interactions are keeping the users engaged.
Incorporate Tangible Control & Buttons
Want to give your apps a humanly impression? Design your controls and buttons in such a way that they respond to human touch!
Although all the control buttons are behind a glass screen, rendering them touch-responsive would make the users feel good about a quick response to their input. Also, this satisfies their hidden but ultimate desire to be acknowledged for their effort.
Design Useful Transitions
Animated micro-interactions can be used to inform the onlookers about a meaningful transition of one icon into another one.
Instead of loading the screen with tons of other icons for different functions, the designers can code the icons in ways that morph into something useful. This trick is especially useful in the case of smart watches and smartphones that have little space to offer.
Use Pleasurable Micro-interactions
Animated micro-interactions are used to convey the simplest instructions to the users, but they can also be incorporated to confer a delightful experience.
An effective micro-interaction is the one that imparts the feeling of pleasure beyond the action that it’s supposed to perform. A simple action button can be used to convey polite phrases when pressed or clicked. Look at the example of the Twitter button for better understanding!
For designers, embedding micro-interaction is never difficult; they just have to be mindful of certain facets. Micro-interaction should never be visible because a great micro-interaction is the one that is invisible to the eye but performs the intended function without any hindrance. Also, a micro-interaction should be periodically updated because users would get bored or feel annoyed if the micro-interaction stays unchanged for a longer period.
All in all, micro-interactions are a great way for compelling users to pay attention to smaller details while enjoying impactful results at the same time.