Web Design and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Wants – Alex Devero Weblog

Why ought to each web designer, and also you too, care about Maslow’s hierarchy? It’s now not sufficient to design a handsome homepage, write couple lots of traces of HTML, CSS and JavaScript and put it on the market. This method was maybe adequate couple years in the past. Immediately, the principles are completely different. Expertise is evolving sooner and other people on the Web have a lot increased expectations. If you wish to design irresistible web site that satisfies the customers, you need to go as excessive on Maslow’s hierarchy as you’ll be able to.

Web Design and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Wants

Maslow’s hierarchy of wants is simplified mannequin of wants of web site guests. This hierarchy reveals you completely different levels of web design and likewise helps you grasp this entire design self-discipline. It’s secure to say that web design as a self-discipline stands on the intersection of know-how, person interface design, content strategy, psychology, sociology, advertising and branding. When all these items fall into the appropriate place, the result’s useful web site, happy consumer and joyful customers. However, if one in all these items is lacking or weak, the end result will look based on it.

You can even use Maslow’s hierarchy of wants as a device that can assist you estimate the worth of the web design. The extra aggressive the digital surroundings (or enterprise of your consumer) is, the upper levels of the pyramid you’ll have to attain as a way to lead the venture to success. In different phrases, web sites in additional aggressive digital surroundings would require extra time and greater funds. This has one huge draw back. Shopper can get completely different value estimates on one proposal. The reason being that every designer might take into consideration reaching completely different levels of Maslow’s hierarchy.

I also needs to make it clear that you would be able to’t skip any levels of Maslow’s hierarchy. For instance, if the web site is unusable, engaged on its persuasiveness is a waste of time. Levels of Maslow’s hierarchy additionally lack any clear borders. We will nearly say that, in some unspecified time in the future, particular person levels will begin to easily mix one another as an alternative of merely finish.

Stage no.1: Meaningfulness

Ever web design venture ought to begin with one easy query. Why are we doing this? Which means, what’s the which means or goal of the web site? What are we attempting to realize? Challenge began and not using a clear concept about its which means or goal won’t ever attain its full potential. Does this imply it won’t “work”? No. The web site could also be lovely and useful. It might even attain consumer’s objectives when it comes to conversions and different metrics. Nonetheless, it would by no means transcend that.

Listed here are three questions that may provide help to discover the which means of the web site and end the primary stage of Maslow’s hierarchy. The primary query is, “is your web site fixing somebody’s downside?” The second query is, “is there extra individuals having this actual downside?” The third query is, “Are these individuals prepared to pay for the answer sufficient to make it sustainable?”

You may create lovely web site. Nonetheless, if it’s not resolution for any want, it’s ineffective. Nicely, you’ll be able to publish it on Dribbble. Web with which means has a lot greater probability to turn out to be part of lives of consumer’s guests and customers and assist them obtain their objectives and fulfill their wants.

Let me additionally point out that meaningfulness is double-edged sword and may trigger issues to each, you and your consumer. When web site lacks which means, it won’t deliver any earnings, or not less than not important. Consequently, consumer’s enterprise won’t flourish. However, work on couple web site with none which means and you’ll burn out like a candle. Ultimately, you’ll lose your enthusiasm and keenness. Keep in mind, check the speculation and discover the which means earlier than transferring on.

Stage no.2: Searchability

If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is round to listen to it, does it make a sound? Let me rephrase it. When you’ve got a web site and nobody is visiting it, can it work? There may be entire trade constructed round this subject and it is usually the second stage of Maslow’s hierarchy for web design. Searchability is in the truth that there are proper individuals (potential prospects to your consumer) who will hear concerning the web site and go to it. Whether or not the supply of visitors are search engines like google and yahoo, shares on social media or enterprise card of your consumer, it doesn’t matter. All these instruments can serve the aim.

Web site searchability can have completely different precedence to your consumer. The primary instance is that the web is the principle supply of shoppers to your consumer. In that case, there should be clear imaginative and prescient and quick execution of promoting technique. In any other case, the web site and your consumer won’t be right here too lengthy. Second instance is that your consumer has couple sources for getting prospects and likewise has secure subscribers. Then, web site is simply a option to broaden and develop his enterprise. It isn’t obligatory for its survival. Advertising technique is a part of the web site, but it surely doesn’t must be overly aggressive.

The third instance is that the web site works solely as supplemental device. It might be primarily utilized by gross sales representatives. Or, it could actually have much more passive position and works as digital enterprise card. The important thing on this stage of Maslow’s hierarchy is to know which class fits your consumer. Then, you’ll be able to transfer on and set objectives for the web site, create technique to achieve these objectives and estimate the funds for the venture. When somebody will ask you to construct a web site for him, discover the appropriate class and the way individuals will get on the web site first. In any other case, the venture loses its which means.

Searchability in follow

Begin by eager about several types of prospects from the view of entire shopping for cycle. You should use See-Think-Do framework by Avinash Kaushik. Subsequent, that you must determine touchpoints. These are the locations the place you’ll discover individuals fascinating for the web site. Take into account that these individuals can be in several levels of shopping for course of. These touchpoints will be each, on-line and offline. A few of these touchpoints might not even exist earlier than you deliberately create them.

One factor … Earlier than you begin trying to find these touchpoints, that you must perceive how the right customer and buyer seems like. In any other case, you’ll both not be capable of discover the touchpoints or not the appropriate ones. In each instances, you’ll waste time and sources.

Subsequent, that you must provide you with methods to catch consideration of individuals in these touchpoints. You additionally must persuade them to make some conversion or microconversion. After that, prioritize the touchpoints you discovered and ensure individuals will actually get on the web site. Lastly, monitor the outcomes and modify as obligatory. Quickly, you may be in your option to the subsequent stage of Maslow’s hierarchy.

Not all instruments are equal

The final thought on searchability is that its outcomes and necessities will fluctuate. For instance, PPC will deliver you guests and prospects nearly instantly. Constructing secure and credible model on Fb or Twitter, then again, can take months or years. Because of this, it is very important create particular person technique for searchability for each web design venture based on venture’s objectives. Until you’re expert in web advertising, depart this to skilled.

Stage no.3: Availability

The third stage of Maslow’s hierarchy is about making the web site work quick and with none seen errors. Guests can browse it with out ready for too lengthy or ending on 404 web page. And, even when customer will encounter some error, this error can be defined in easy phrases and shortly mounted. Is that this the one downside now we have to remember?

One other downside is that solely few shoppers will care about how well-designed the construction of the web site is, to not point out its smaller components. Shoppers will usually not see that one thing is incorrect with the web site instantly. One other factor is that your consumer will count on the system and back-end a part of the web site to work quick and, flawless, modular and due to this fact expandable. What 4 indicators may help you discover out if the web site was designed within the incorrect approach?

First indicator of badly designed web site and system is that each change and adjustment, regardless of its measurement and scope, will take a number of time and consumer should pay extra. This isn’t true for web sites constructed on well-designed system. The second and most typical indicator is that everytime you make some change, one thing will break. Web site can be shut to deal with of playing cards metaphor. Additionally, you will must manually check the web site after each change to ensure every thing is working correctly. Is that this actually obligatory?

No, it’s not. Nicely-designed web site has automated assessments built-in. Then, these assessments will notify the developer that there’s a problem that must be mounted. The third indicator is that the web site can be gradual. That is usually brought on by dangerous construction and inefficient bloated code. Kind the design standpoint, one other reason for low efficiency might lie in inconsistency and re-inventing each format aspect from scratch on each web page. Luckily, these inconsistencies are sometimes straightforward to identify and likewise repair, hopefully not by customers. What’s the final indicator?

Think about that your consumer will lose his persistence together with his present developer and entrust the system to another person. What is going to occur subsequent if the web site and its system is badly designed? Your consumer and his crew will discover out that no one truly is aware of how the system works, besides its creator. One other downside is that if nobody, besides the creator, has entry to supply code and rights essential to make any adjustments. In the event you’ve ever changed one other designer or developer, you most likely skilled this case by yourself. What’s subsequent?

Mixture of silly errors and gradual web site will after a while discourage any customer, regardless of how a lot he likes the go to the web site. This mixture may also considerably decrease the prospect of getting new guests, person and prospects. We have to settle for that pace continues to be one of the vital essential elements for profitable web site and getting by means of this stage of Maslow’s hierarchy. Does this imply that we must always cease utilizing lovely pictures and movies on our web sites?

The reply is obvious no. You may place lovely excessive decision pictures in your web sites. You should use movies for headers. Nonetheless, you also needs to put together the bottom for these options. In case of larger photos, one instance is utilizing lazy loading. This may enable the browser to load your web site step by step because the person scrolls. Immediately’s Web customers count on the web site to react on his actions instantly. They don’t seem to be prepared to attend. What can we do?

First, now we have to watch the efficiency of our web site and optimize it. Second, we are able to additionally use couple trick to alter person’s notion of time. The notion of time and pace is subjective. In all probability the simplest trick you need to use is to point out individuals some motion on the display. You should use animated indicators to load photos. You should use neat animation to simulate “opening” of article whereas the content material is loading on the background. You can even use progress bars to visually shorten lengthy delays. One other instance is Twitter. You may see the tweet you despatched in your feed whereas the server continues to be processing it.

Stage no.4: Accessibility

The fourth stage of Maslow’s hierarchy targeted on accessibility acquired extra complicated with the rise of cell units. Web site accessibility is primarily essential for web developers. Developers ought to watch whether or not the graphic design of web site just isn’t going towards accessibility best practices. Nonetheless, even web designers working solely in graphic editors ought to care about it as properly. The simplest issues to do is conserving the HTML code clear and legitimate, clearly distinguish clickable components and utilizing correct distinction. What about accessibility when it comes to design?

First, make certain the content material of the web site is appropriately structured utilizing headings. Second, use applicable quantity of distinction for textual content on the web site. You may check your distinction ratio with this tool created by Lea Verou. Third, the textual content on the web site is readable and legible. Fourth, the web site must be absolutely controllable by keyboard. Fifth, each graphic aspect has specified textual content different for display readers and comparable units. Sixth step is to pay shut consideration to the tables (if you’re utilizing them). What does this imply?

First, desk cells ought to comprise solely knowledge which can be logically associated. Second, tables is sensible solely when they’re learn line-by-line. Third, extra complicated tables with merged cells ought to comprise some abstract (be aware: abstract attribute just isn’t supported in HTML5). Lastly, each row has applicable label. This is applicable additionally to types.

Blind and handicapped individuals

The principle curiosity of accessibility stage of Maslow’s hierarchy are handicapped individuals, blind individuals, individuals utilizing cell units and likewise web crawlers. Handicapped individuals have been the explanation why this entire space of web design was created. These persons are usually utilizing varied display readers, particular keyboards, voice controls, and many others. Even when the web site just isn’t targeted particularly on handicapped or blind individuals, you continue to ought to make investments a while into bettering accessibility of the web site. What’s extra, each accessibility enchancment you make also can assist different customers.

Web crawlers

One other group of “guests” of your web site are web crawlers. These synthetic customers are also referred to as search engine robots. These robots see your web site primarily as textual content. Nonetheless, that doesn’t imply these robots can’t acknowledge banners. Anyway, what these crawlers are on the lookout for is properly fashioned and legitimate HTML code and textual content options for graphic content material. Robots.txt file is one other factor they “care” about. You should use this file, for instance, to exclude particular pages of the web site from being listed and proven in search outcomes.

One other essential file for web crawlers is sitemap.xml. That is mainly full map of the web site. This map makes it simpler for crawlers to get an outline of the web site construction.

Individuals utilizing cell units

The third group of customers that’s rising in growing pace are individuals visiting web sites on cell units. These individuals demand primarily three issues. First, web site’s format needs to be optimized for his or her units. Which means that that you must contemplate quite a lot of tablets, phablets, smartphones and likewise good watches. On the opposite facet of the spectrum, you also needs to begin to consider designing for TV and huge screens. Second, as a consequence of contact shows, your design has to incorporate clickable components sufficiently big individuals can “press” with their fingers.

Third and final situation is adjusting the web site’s content material to the context. The issue with many “cell” designs is that they’re simply shrunk model of model for desktop. At finest, the content material is not less than little bit restructured. At worse, it’s simply squeezed to suit the smaller display. That is widespread amongst “desktop first” designers. These “designers”, nonetheless dwelling in historic instances, will create solely desktop model of the web site after which let developers to make use of their fantasy. In case you are not aware of “mobile first” design you had higher begin studying. That is the way forward for web design.

Fast ideas for cell web design

First, make certain the content material is structured in the appropriate approach. This implies inserting the content material earlier than the navigation. Individuals got here on the web sites due to the content material. They don’t care about hyperlinks in navigation within the first second. Navigation hyperlinks, login and register hyperlinks and search field are a part of the header. Within the navigation also needs to be some hyperlink to take the customer on earlier web page or on the start of the web page. In footer must be hyperlink to desktop model of the web site as a result of some individuals don’t like cell web sites.

Second, your web site needs to be quick. We already mentioned this in third stage of Maslow’s hierarchy. Anyway, don’t redirect on different pages. Use CSS sprites (a number of small photos “merged” into one). Merge CSS stylesheets into one and use minification. The identical for JavaScript information. Use lazy loading. Some individuals additionally recommend utilizing canvas aspect as an alternative of photos. The reason being that by utilizing canvas, you pressure the browser to maintain the decoded data in its reminiscence. Consequently, this may stop it from doing pointless heavy work.

Third, make aspect sufficiently big for contact. Clickable components ought to have width and top not less than 9mm. This implies not less than 34 pixels. Extra essential buttons and those positioned close to the perimeters of the display must be greater. Make use of white house. Lively components has to have sufficient house round them. In any other case, individuals can simply click on on incorrect aspect. Good concept will be incorporating invisible, however nonetheless clickable space round energetic components.

Fourth, make the web site impartial on hover states. Make all types on the web site mobile friendly. Place labels above the shape inputs, not subsequent to them. The reason being that cell browsers usually zoom-in on inputs and labels are usually not seen. Use particular HTML5 inputs, akin to quantity, tel, e-mail, and many others., so customers on smartphones will be capable of use keyboards personalized for that sort knowledge.

Stage no.5: Usability

On this stage of Maslow’s hierarchy, your aim is to make the interplay between person and web site as clean as doable. The web site needs to be straightforward to navigate and permit the person to get the job carried out shortly. Usable web site also needs to make it straightforward for person to devour the content material. Web site must be straightforward to know and work with. If you wish to take the web site on one other stage, you need to make it intuitive. Which means that working with the web site will really feel pure to the person. It will likely be straightforward to make use of together with his fingers. Is that this all?

A part of usability can also be utility of data in typography and rules that may assist person higher orientation on the web site. You also needs to incorporate varied design patterns as an alternative of attempting to reinvent the wheel and forcing customers to discover ways to use your web site. Individuals will usually moderately don’t use the web site in any respect than discover ways to use it. Info structure and well-chosen priorities for content material on particular person pages of the web site are one other a part of usability. The very last thing, don’t attempt to innovate the UI earlier than you perceive rules of human conduct.

Stage no.6: Credibility

The credibility of your web site is primarily constructed on two pillars. The primary pillar of this stage of Maslow’s hierarchy encompass psychology rules of human thoughts. The second pillar is about utilizing the artwork of nice rhetoric. Web site with credibility can also be genuine, confirmed and ensures tangible outcomes. In brief, credibility is prerequisite for profitable transaction. Web site with out credibility won’t ever obtain any conversions, or not too many. With a purpose to assist credibility, web site has to supply adequate quantity of knowledge together with applicable graphic.

Unambiguous web site proprietor

When somebody visits the web site, it should be completely clear who’s the web site proprietor and operator. As outlined by regulation, the web site ought to comprise full billing data. Omission of those data can have some very disagreeable penalties within the type of penalty. Even when you’ll efficiently keep away from officers, it doesn’t assure you something. Web site with out these data will look suspicious to majority of individuals. And, they may moderately keep away from your web site utterly.

Applicable argumentation

A method to enhance and assist credibility of your consumer and his web site is by stating sound arguments and stable arguments for his product. These arguments ought to work as a proof that your consumer can ship the outcomes he promised in his proposal. Let me offer you a handful of ideas.

First, use huge numbers. If you wish to current some quantity, concentrate on the massive ones first. Suppose in hundreds, lots of and dozens. Second, let certificates discuss. Present each certificates your consumer has to point out that his product is confirmed. Third, discuss membership in associations. In case your consumer is a member of some affiliation, make certain to say it. And, the larger and higher know the affiliation is, the higher. Fourth, references and case research. Present individuals proof that your consumer has expertise in what he sells.

Fifth, lectures and publications. In case you are fortunate and your consumer is actively giving lectures or revealed a ebook or two, point out it as properly. Doing so could make miracles. Sixth, assist nonprofit organizations to point out extra human facet of consumer’s enterprise. Seventh, create partnerships. In case your consumer doesn’t have a powerful model, discover not less than one companion who does and begin networking. Then, your consumer can use emblem of his companion as a leverage for his personal model.

Clients’ testimonials

It’s one factor when somebody praises what he sells. It’s one thing utterly completely different when different individuals do that job for him. The very fact is that folks belief different individuals. Give happy prospects some house to speak concerning the product of your consumer. Nonetheless, understand that these testimonials needs to be genuine. Individuals will spot pretend testimonial in a second. Displaying one or two adverse testimonials can be useful. Keep in mind, nothing is ideal. If somebody is exhibiting dozens constructive testimonials and no adverse, it could actually look suspicious. Need extra?

One other essential factor to make prospects’ testimonials work is to permit individuals to determine with individuals who supplied the testimonials. Which means that testimonials ought to comprise most details about the creator. For instance, it’s best to point out creator’s full identify, metropolis the place she or he lives, age, firm she or he both owns or work for, place, picture, and many others. Keep in mind that the extra data you’ll present in testimonials, the extra genuine they are going to be.

Graphic illustration of the web site

In the case of Maslow’s hierarchy and credibility, there are two approaches. The primary method is about web site that’s extremely properly designed and stands out from the group. The second method is about web site that’s “old skool” and genuine. Apparently sufficient, each of those approaches work. It’s confirmed by couple research that folks will typically ignore one thing simply because it’s extra visually interesting one thing. The reason being that it seems like advertising or commercial. End result?

Individuals give it some thought as having low worth or credibility and dismiss it. It’s simply too good to be actual. For a lot of prospects, ugly equals genuine and credible. Ugly design additionally helps prospects full the duty with none distraction. Because of this websites akin to Craig’s List are profitable regardless of the design (or due to it?). Nonetheless, there’s a catch. In the event you attempt to mix these approaches and create some sort of trendy “old skool” hybrid, it would backfire. Conclusion?

In different phrases, you need to select between a type of two approaches. You should use trendy stylish design to create web site that appears new and contemporary. Or, you’ll be able to concentrate on “old skool” fashion, by no means each. In any other case, the end result won’t work in any respect as a result of nobody will belief it. You also needs to guarantee that design path suits the consumer’s model and enterprise. There are some extra conventional and conservative industries the place individuals anticipate finding sure fashion. Nonetheless, I imagine that the change is inevitable and coming. And, what about decrease funds?

There can be conditions the place the funds can be very tight. I’m speaking about $150 gigs on websites akin to Freelancer.com. Is it doable to construct credibility with these web sites? Sure, to a point. Shopping for some handsome affordable template and customizing it to suit the fashion of your consumer can be sufficient. Additionally, don’t rush selecting the extra photos for the web site in case your consumer doesn’t have any and don’t wish to spend money on photographer. Low cost inventory pictures can sink the web site sooner than anything. Keep in mind, good image is price each penny.

One very last thing … Keep in mind that good design is sweet enterprise. High quality web design has important influence on enterprise of your consumer. That is achieved by creating aesthetic-usability effect, making orientation and navigation simpler and inducing the appropriate feelings and environment. You most likely heard, not less than as soon as, that graphic design just isn’t essential for web site. Don’t imagine it. It’s an excuse web design companies use to cowl their very own incompetence.

Feeling of security

The final step to enhance credibility of the web site is by creating feeling of security. For each web site utilizing any monetary transactions it is a should. You need to place some security certificates subsequent to each type requiring person to pay with bank cards. You also needs to clearly point out that the web site is utilizing SSL encryption (and actually use it!). One other a part of creating feeling of security is nice customer support. Web site has to supply solutions on customers’ questions akin to – What is going to occur with my bank card quantity? Is that this transaction secure? Will my knowledge be offered to anybody else?

Stage no.7: Persuasiveness

Web site ought to “behave” in comparable approach as expert gross sales one who is utilizing human conduct to shut gross sales. This, seventh, stage of Maslow’s hierarchy just isn’t about forcing customers to make transaction. This isn’t what out there, accessible, usable and credible web site is about. Persuasive web site makes use of psychology of human conduct for good. Nonetheless, it’s as much as the designer to resolve whether or not he’ll assist individuals obtain their objectives and full the duties they wish to get carried out on the web site, or manipulate them. Luckily, individuals will eventually spot manipulation and unfold the phrase about it. Is the chance actually price it?

Two sides of decision-making course of

In the case of Maslow’s hierarchy and psychology, there are two issues we have to find out about individuals’s decision-making course of. First, we don’t base our choice on rationality. Each choice is made on decrease ranges of considering. Logic performs a lot decrease position than feelings and unconsciousness. In a reality, logic is normally used to rationalize choice based mostly on feelings. Second, now we have restricted psychological and time sources. Everybody has restricted psychological capability and time he can use for making choice. That is the explanation why we try to avoid wasting power by utilizing varied psychological shortcuts.

Once we are about to make some choice, it’s usually based mostly on one most important characteristic or profit. That is what triggers the shortcuts. These shortcuts are based mostly on rules found by psychology. We will use these rules in web design identical to profitable salesmen are utilizing it to shut gross sales. Once more, it’s not about attempting to control individuals. What are these rules?

Precept no.1: Consistency

Individuals view consistency as credible. This precept applies to every thing and everybody. You can be extra prone to belief one who retains his phrase than somebody who breaks each promise. In web design, consistency is about utilizing the identical colours, constant vertical and horizontal spacing between components within the format, constant headings, present navigation and different menus in the identical place, utilizing the identical colour for textual content hyperlinks, utilizing the identical set of icons and fonts and ensuring type components are trying the identical.

Precept no.2: Recognition

Analysis confirmed couple instances that folks like different individuals much like them. We choose individuals sporting comparable garments, having comparable experiences, attitudes and opinions. We additionally choose people who find themselves on our facet. Lastly, we choose individuals who reward us, even when the reward just isn’t based mostly on something tangible and is used with a goal. You need to clearly present that you’re on the facet of the individuals shopping for your services or products.

Precept no.3: Social approval

The overwhelming majority of inhabitants do what different persons are doing. Individuals usually don’t wish to step exterior the group or particular group. This inclination is even stronger if we’re uncertain about one thing. Then, we take a look at individuals round us to seek out some clues. You should use this precept in web design by exhibiting customers’ testimonials, social shares, variety of visits and so forth.

Precept no.4: Shortage

We’re extra afraid to lose one thing than to realize. Because of this we frequently purchase issues for increased value simply because they’re uncommon or restricted in quantity. You will need to point out that shortage will increase attractiveness of a product solely when it comes to possession. What was unattractive yesterday is “sizzling” at this time as a result of it’s scares. Apparently, this precept doesn’t improve the chance we may also use the product. One instance of this precept in motion is Apple. Have you ever seen these queues?

Precept no.5: Authority

Persons are prepared to do nearly something if the order comes from some authority. It has been proven in Milgram experiment that majority of members have been prepared to torture somebody as a result of authority instructed them so. These members “transferred” their accountability on the authority giving them orders. Apparently sufficient, only a image of authority (uniform, scientist’s jacket) is sufficient to create this impact. Easy approach to make use of this impact is exhibiting official certificates, awards and testimonials from specialists and well-known individuals.

Precept no.6: Reciprocity

The sixth precept states that folks wish to pay their money owed. This doesn’t imply simply monetary debt, however simply any debt generally. When somebody do you a favor, you’ll want to pay it again. The fascinating factor on reciprocity is that each one trumps are in arms of one who did you a favor. It’s him and his favor what units the tone, place and time. This precept is commonly used on-line in commercial. You’re going to get sure profit from some model and, in flip, you may be extra possible to purchase from this model once more sooner or later.

Precept no.7: Rationalization

Are you aware the magic phrase? No, it’s not “please”. It’s “as a result of”. Think about you really need one thing. In the event you rationalize your demand with the phrase “as a result of”, it’s extra possible that you simply or another person will settle for it. Humorous factor is that you simply don’t even want any sound purpose. Soundness of the explanation not essential. Simply the presence of the explanation itself is commonly sufficient. It’s secure to say that the phrase “as a result of” works as some sort of set off as a result of …

Stage no.8: Pleasure of use

The vast majority of your consumer will need the web site to be straightforward to make use of. Nonetheless, if you wish to attain increased levels of Maslow’s hierarchy, individuals have to love to make use of the web site. How are you going to obtain this and provides the web site place in individuals’s coronary heart?


While you point out gamification, many individuals will instantly take into consideration factors and badges. Though that is a part of gamification, it isn’t the entire image. Gamification is exercise that helps particular conduct of your customers by utilizing rules of psychology and recreation design. Gamification utilized to web design may help you encourage individuals to make particular actions. Nonetheless, gamification takes time and sources and it’s used solely sometimes in web design. Until you’re engaged on web app, funding in gamification will most likely not repay.


Visible communication is the principle device you need to use as a way to set the tone of the web site. Feelings are additionally essential for web design for 2 causes. First, individuals can be extra prone to keep in mind the web site when they may join it with particular emotion (hopefully constructive one). Second, individuals can be extra prone to discuss web site they keep in mind. You may think about it as a loop … One a part of the loop helps the second. The way to deliver this into your venture?

You may assist feelings not solely with design, but in addition with conversational tone of textual content and work with avatar. Avatar is imaginary person who represents consumer’s model or product. It makes it simpler for individuals to work together with the web site and may even be a set off of this interplay. One nice instance of avatar is Mailchimp. These of us took their avatar to date they don’t even want a emblem. Simply take into consideration ape and e-mail and Mailchimp is the very first thing that pops into your thoughts. What’s extra, you don’t even want to recollect the identify. The ape is sufficient.

Stage no.9: Establishing connection

Let’s suppose you might have the ambition of reaching the height of Maslow’s hierarchy, or pyramid. In that case, your final aim is making a connection or bond between the web site and its guests. Attaining this stage signifies that the web site will turn out to be so sturdy a part of individuals’s lives, they may come again often. And, not solely that. Individuals may also discuss concerning the web site and suggest it to their members of the family, pals and colleagues. They are going to turn out to be ambassadors of the venture and consumer’s model. That is the best stage of web design. So, any tricks to attain it?

The principle prerequisite for creating such a connection and bond is ideal understanding of individuals and their conduct. This requires diligent examine of psychology and sociology. I might additionally recommend inspecting web sites and web functions that have been profitable in creating these bonds. Fb, Pinterest and Twitter are good locations to start out. Thorough the time, all these corporations (and merchandise) have been in a position to change relationships and conduct of tens of millions of individuals. What’s extra, many individuals are spending big a part of the day on these web sites. Seek for couple case research and search for what you’ll be able to replicate in your venture.

Closing Ideas on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Wants

What must you take away from this text? First, legitimate HTML is the bottom stage of Maslow’s hierarchy. It isn’t obligatory. It’s one thing that’s thought-about automated. The true success of majority of web site is immediately depending on a lot increased levels of Maslow’s hierarchy. Nonetheless, as a way to attain these levels of Maslow’s hierarchy, you need to completely deal with the decrease as first. Keep in mind that decrease levels of Maslow’s hierarchy are about know-how. Increased levels are about psychology. Profitable web site lies on the intersection of know-how and the humanities.

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