“A site that is well designed is one that doesn’t need a word of explanation on how to use it – this is what predictable means.”
Predictability in terms of web design is knowing how users are going to respond to your website during the process of designing and constructing it. This process is carried out to prevent any bugs or faults in the website when it is eventually launched and thus will lead to less problems and more users choosing to visit and use the site.
To achieve this, popular features or techniques should be adopted. This can be achieved through sticking to what people are used to using initially and if changes to what people are used to are to be introduced this is to be done gradually to help the user get used to these features and to maintain the website’s usage as well as act on any feedback provided.
How to apply predictability:
Don’t overcomplicate the design. Don’t design any graphical elements that are too fancy. The elements of the site merely need to be simple, predictable to use and to serve their purpose.
Assess the requirements of the site. Define the main goal for your design and then think about how predictability can be applied to your goal.
How we have incorporated predictability into our site:
One way we have applied predictability into our site is through the main home page. We have included a main menu which is generic and easy to use so that users will know exactly where to go to find what they are after. Furthermore, we have also included a search bar to further aid users of the site in finding something specific, much to like what users would be used to when searching via google or yahoo.
Furthermore, the home button is in a clear position in the menu and indicates an easy return back to the main homepage.
A horizontal scroll is also applied on the homepage as well as the other pages as this is a generic feature that all users are used to.