As a designer, one of your goals is to create a design that makes your users' lives easier. That means that you need to reduce cognitive load, the amount of mental energy users need to expend to navigate your design. And one of the best ways to reduce cognitive load is to use smart defaults.
In this article, you will learn:
- What cognitive load is and why smart defaults help reduce it
- How to use defaults wisely to best help users
- Examples of situations in which defaults are especially useful