Well-designed micro interactions can make a big impact on your user experience, micro interactions are trigger feedback pairs, and that might sound generic, but that’s because many of our everyday interactions with computer systems fall into this large umbrella category of micro interactions. Let’s break this definition down a bit more. Micro interactions have a trigger.
They can be triggered by a user interacting with a button or performing some gestural or voice command or micro interactions can be triggered by the system when the system meets a certain set of predetermined conditions after the micro interaction has been triggered, it then provides some sort of feedback to the user. This means that micro interactions are local and as the name implies, pretty small changes to a user interface. But despite being small, micro interactions are important because they smooth the user’s path throughout the design, making each step a bit easier.
For example, micro interactions can display system status or provide error prevention. So let me show you two examples of micro interactions. Micro interactions, again, can be used to show system status. So if a user with an iPhone is near the device and says, Hey, Siri, the device responds with an animation of an audio waveform. And in this case, the micro interaction is triggered with the user’s command of history. And the feedback is the visual audio waveform, which tells users that the system is listening and waiting for further information. In addition to showing system status, designers can also use micro interactions to help users prevent errors.
For example, let’s say we’re completing a form to reset our password in the field. New password we type let me in two to four and in the next field retype new password we type let me in two four for him. Now the retype new password field is read with a message underneath telling us that the two passwords do not match. This is a micro interaction triggered by the system and provide some feedback to the user to fix the problem before clicking the submit button. When it comes to designing micro interactions, make sure they have a purpose, but don’t hesitate to let them embody your brand. The purpose of micro interactions is to provide feedback to keep users informed and engaged. Without proper micro interactions, your user experience is bound to suffer.