User flows are visual representations of the path the user can follow to achieve a goal while using an app, website or any other product.
Creating a representation of how users can achieve a goal, helps designers reflect on the flow themselves, communicate it with the team and stakeholders and get feedback.
Both the design and form of a user flow are vital as they contribute to how well the audience understands the story behind the user flow. By following the tips described below, you get one step closer to beautifully designed and well-structured user flows that can communicate the design story clearly and effectively.
#1 Use meaningful titles. A good user flow has a meaningful title for each step represented. Titles could include information about the part of the user journey or user personas (First-time user onboarding).
#2 Leave adequate space between screens
Position your screens logically and use space between them to increase clarity. Adequate space will also help flows with multiple connectors with labels appear cleaner and less cluttered.
#3 Include device skins when necessary
When presenting user flows, especially in flows of mobile apps, it is sometimes more effective to include device skins around screen designs. Device skins can put designs in context, allowing the user to associate the medium with the design, e.g., a mobile app or a smartwatch app
#4 Use different connectors styles to increase clarity
Styling connectors differently depending on semantics, or other factors will help address comprehension. For example, connectors that represent the backward navigation could be less prominent: with a softer color (or gray) or a dotted line.
#5 Use connector labels to explain actions
Adding text labels to connections will sometimes help the audience better understand the flow.
#6 Use a legend to describe connector styles
When we have two or more connector styles, it is necessary to add a legend in your user flow so that our audience can refer to it and understand what each connector style means.
#7 Use shapes purposefully
Shapes like rectangles, ovals, and diamonds can be used in user flows in multiple ways. For example, rectangles can be used for grouping, for setting a background in a specific part of the flow, as notes, as a step where no design is yet available etc. Diamonds are mostly used to represent decision points, where the user flow needs to branch out to different directions.
#8 Break down large user flows in sub-flows
Massive user flows tend to be hard to follow. It is often necessary to break down large flows to multiple sub-flows.
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