Would we be ever able to design products that are so easy and usable that we never need to to train or teach users?
This is a question that I often ask my peers and mentors. Most people agree that we can simplify design but designing a product that is “so intuitive anyone can use it” is like the “product that sells itself” – a rare probability.
Agreed! But I believe there are certain ways designer and developers can employ to design products that are easy to learn and get started with. One of the easy yet unappreciated ways is communicating with users as they interact with an interface. You can use tool tips, notification bars, messages and other unobtrusive tools to provide feedback, give useful tips and hints, or notify about errors. However, one has to be creative and unobtrusive while communicating with users in order to keep both workflow and interface simple and fast.
To make it possible, Greepit has designed Notify, which is a smart and simple jQuery script for notifications.
Notify adds simple notifications bars that you can use on your website and application to assist users while they fill in forms, navigate through pages or interact with interface. These notification bars can be implemented in various fashions
Notify can be easily plugged into any website or web application and offer a lot of customization – color, style, message, behavior etc. and perfectly blends in with existing design, color scheme and layout.
With the prime purpose to assist users, Notify allows you to add any kind of assistive content – tool tips, step-by-step guide, images, videos, useful link, and content from other sources like RSS, twitter stream etc.
Notify is quick to download, easy to implement and free to share.