Clean. Simple. Delightful. These are words designers like to use to describe the work they aspire to do. Unfortunately, these are not usually words you would use to describe a billing transaction spreadsheet. Or a complicated product spec comparison table. Or an analytics dashboard. So what do you do when it’s your job to design these kind of complex systems?
The majority of the products I’ve worked on lately are feature-heavy and complicated. I’m not going to lie, sometimes it’s kind of a bummer. I’ll sit down to design a screen, and, looking at the features I need to visualize, my face looks a little like this:
Turning to Dribbble for inspiration only makes matters worse. I start to question my life choices. Why can’t I be the designer making interfaces for, I don’t know, the new music sharing app? Or something else rife with possibilities for whimsical animation and whitespace? Now I’m falling into a pit of despair, aimlessly moving rectangles around in Sketch and hoping for a miracle.
The struggle is real, but I know it’s possible to create something clean, simple, and delightful that also solves the nitty-gritty problems of your user. To jump start your creative engine, I dove deep into Dribbble to find those rare gems that prove a dense user experience can look amazing.
Check out the process shots for this on Dribbble as well.
If managing my investments always looked this nice, I’d probably pay more attention to it!
When a user interacts with an app that goes beyond their expectations, it’s a glorious moment for the designer who put the work into making that experience delightful. For me, that’s the most satisfying thing about designing products
Have you rocked a complicated design problem? Are you in the middle of the struggle right now? Tell us about it in the comments!