Noteworthy Tips to Design UI for Smartwatches

The size of the Smartphones seems to be growing continuously, however, eventually they’ll be used with a single hand only. More importantly, the wearables such as smartwatch – that will become available in the market sooner or later – will have a smaller size. And so, it will become necessary that the users can view the information, displayed on the face of a smartwatch quickly. This means the watch should present the most important information to users. This is where the Apple’s Glance Interface comes in handy.

Glance help provides a quick “glance” of the most important and relevant information from your applications. The post is written to help you understand the significance of Apple’s Glance interface and some noteworthy tips on designing user interfaces for smartwatches.

Important Tips to Design Smartwatch UI

Significance of Glance
We’re becoming increasingly addicted to using smart devices because of the convenience they provide in offering information on the fly. In fact, many companies have made every possible effort to help provide great Smartwatch solutions, offering iOS app development services. However, accessing information via wearables – that are small in size – spending long hours interacting with them can give you a hard time. Especially, accessing information using a smartwatch may seem difficult and uncomfortable to you, compared to holding up a cellphone.

This is why a new way is required that will help make the changes to how interaction is carried out. And this is where “glance” comes into the picture.

Glance is a template-based screen that provides a quick view of the most important part of the content – of your application. Usually, the term glance is thought out as a quick look. However, Glance in Apple is an interface that has been designed to optimize the most preferred apps for the wrist. It helps in creating Glances, ideally the interface provides the most frequent information (i.e. text-based) that you’ve been seeking to obtain.

Useful Tips on Designing User Interface for Smartwatch
Here are a few key tips, you should consider when designing an interface for the Smartwatch:

#1. Optimize Legibility
Text readability and clarity plays a vital role in making the UI of Smartwatch, a hit among users. Keep yourself into your user’s shoes, and just imagine how you’ll feel when you have to look at the watch holding it up close to your face. You will probably feel that the text on the interface is too small to read, even when they’re using glasses for looking at the watch.

In essence, your wearable’s success will hugely depend on how effectively you will make use of the glances.

In the present world, the complexity is only going to increase rather than dropping down as the number of screens is becoming increasingly permeating. However, you can ensure that the legible type is used to enable users read in each glance.

#2. Choose the Right Text Size
Another factor that plays a crucial role in delivering an optimal user experience is to choose the right text size. You can find many different factors influencing legibility that helps contribute in improving user experience of accessing the UI of any smart device. And one of the most important factors you need to focus on is the size of the text – in line with the distance that is maintained to view the text from the eyes.

According to an online study, the forearm length is used to administer the length of the wrist from the eyes. Remember that the length will vary based on how long or short a user’s arm is. Put it simply, the need to view the interface will vary amongst taller people with longer arms to one with average-size arms. Or else, you can choose to introduce a flexible size that adjusts according to the smart watch, thereby making it comfortable for users to hold up.

Furthermore, another vital factor you need to pay heed to is the amount of information that users can access at a glance. It has been observed that on average, a user takes around 225 to 250 milliseconds (i.e. 4 words/sec) for reading an English word in a silent mode.

#3. Know Who You’re Designing For
Keep in mind that when designing a user interface for the Smartwatch (or any other smart device), you need to deal with a variety of users having distinct needs. Their needs may vary their frequency with which they can read the text, as well as, the number of letters/words.

Just as you may know, it is difficult to read text, long words, etc. within the interface and this can increase the reading time of a user. On the other hand, using short and frequent words helps users in consuming the text in a relatively easier and faster manner. Besides this, the selection of text sizes can also affect the reader as well. Most significantly, older readers prefer reading text having large font size.

Whether you should customize the interface size in according to the user’s needs will vary for each user. While some readers can quickly access the information, a few others may take time when viewing the information at a glance.

#4. Don’t Forget to Test the UI for Issues
Lastly, make sure to include test cases in your setup process that help in evaluating the user’s reading speed, and adjusts the font size accordingly.

One issue you can encounter on a constant basis is illegible text. However, dealing with such an issue will make it easy for brands as well as app designers to convey their messages in a quick and the most efficient manner possible.

Wrapping Up!
In a world dominated by mobile devices, especially smartphones, we’re constantly bombarded with push notifications, text messages and so on. This has resulted in an increase in the need for delivering users with a quick glance at the information via smart devices (such as the smartwatch). And to meet such an objective, Apple has introduced an amazing interface named as ‘Glance’.