Anyone who has learned a new language will tell you to watch tv shows in said language and, if you’re dedicated, switch the language setting on your phone.
After 6 months of living in Berlin and taking the German classes offered at work twice a week, I made The Big Switch. At first it wasn’t too bad — I relied on icons, and quickly learned the words Speichern (save) and Löchern (delete). After some time, my design curiosity took over and I took special interest in the decisions I made while navigating through an app, encountering options solely in unrecognizable Deutsch. Since I (still) can not rely on being able to read all of the copy within an app, I need to rely on other design cues to make navigational decisions.
Below are 5 things this experienced has reconfirmed for me about navigational UX design. Viel Spaß!
1. Use color for important actions.
I may not have a strong German vocabulary, but I know that red is usually associated with “no” and green is usually associated with “yes.” Pairing color with the action makes it very clear what an option will result in. This is especially helpful when the option means that something will be permanently deleted.
It’s also important to consider the action that happens before a user receives the color navigation options. In this case, I clicked on the left corner X to leave this Instagram story, and then this pop-up appeared to confirm that I want to exit and delete customisations I made.