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The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is still relevant to today’s experiences. People are attracted to visuals faster than text, and this natural property of photos and illustrations make them very useful for visual design.

In modern user interfaces, both photos and illustrations became functional elements along with text and interactive elements. Illustrations are a versatile way to create a unique design. From hand-drawn hero-style illustrations to small icons, everything about a sketched image feels like art. In this article, I would like to review some of the functions of illustration from the perspective of modern UI design.

How Illustrations Help Improve User Experience

Similar to other visual elements, illustration can be a powerful communication tool. Well-crafted illustrations have following benefits:

    • Can attract user’s attention and deliver the most critical information in easy-to-understand visual format.
    • Can add clarity to a complex idea. There is no need to use any words if you can provide this information using visuals.
    • Can engage users. Beautiful illustration not only attracts user attention, but it also makes users interested in a product itself.
    • Can play with users’ imagination. It’s possible to merge reality and imagination by using illustration.