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This video demonstrates how to revamp an existing Servoy Smart Client screen with Centigrade's business Look & Feel BizLaf using Servoy Developer.

This video demonstrates how to revamp an existing Servoy Smart Client screen with Centigrade's business Look & Feel BizLaf using Servoy Developer.

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  • Servoy World 2011 Building Sexy User Interfaces in Servoy Thomas ImmichServoy World 2011 0
  • AGENDA • Background Information • Introduction The impact of a well-designed user interface • Intuitive, sexy and clean Attributes that make up a great UI • Good and bad practices Screen design and icon design samples • Live DemoServoy World 2011
  • 3BACKGROUND INFORMATION
  • ABOUT THE SPEAKER Thomas Immich • Design-developer hybrid • Specializes in high-fidelity user interface prototyping • Lead design consultant at several large-scale projects in agile development teams • CEO and co-founder of CentigradeServoy World 2011
  • SELECTED CLIENTS Clients from different industries and countries: USA, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, GermanyServoy World 2011
  • 6INTRODUCTIONThe impact of a well-designed user interface
  • THE IMPACT OF A USER INTERFACE • For the user, the user interface is the application • Question is not only “What can I accomplish with the software in theory?” but also “How good can I accomplish my goals in practice?”Servoy World 2011
  • THE IMPACT OF A USER INTERFACE • Feature tiredness • What good is a feature that no one ever finds? • How does the software stand out from the crowd when competitors offer similar features? • The user interface has the most significant impact on how the software is perceivedServoy World 2011
  • THE RELEVANCE OF USER INTERFACE DESIGN • User Interface Design is about making user interfaces effective, efficient and satisfying to use • To memorize: • Effective • Efficient • Easy to Learn • Engaging • Error TolerantServoy World 2011
  • THE RELEVANCE OF USER INTERFACE DESIGN • Disciplines that pave the way for this: • Usability Engineering • Visual UI Design • UI DevelopmentServoy World 2011
  • 11INTUITIVE, SEXY AND CLEANAttributes that make up a great UI
  • INTUITIVE • Intuition = Understanding without apparent effort (just one of many definitions) • Intuition is also about making fast decisions without having to compare options “Don’t make me think”Servoy World 2011
  • INTUITIVE? 13
  • INTUITIVE? 14
  • USABILITY ENGINEERING • Discipline stemming from psychology (e.g. cognitive psychology) • Solving the right problems (by understanding users’ needs and context) • Conceptualizing the fundamental information design and interaction design • Validating that design decisions really work (by evaluating them with real users)Servoy World 2011
  • USER-CENTERED DESIGN PROCESS Think user-centric, involve usersServoy World 2011
  • LOW-FI PROTOTYPES (WIREFRAMES & SCRIBBLES) 18Servoy World 2011
  • MACRO VS. MICRO-INTERACTION DESIGN • Macro-Interaction Design • Defining what is needed where for users to solve their tasks • Designing the flow and navigation through the applicationServoy World 2011
  • MACRO VS. MICRO-INTERACTION DESIGN • Micro-Interaction Design • Defining how a component behaves in detail (mouse and keystroke level) • Influences the application’s feel mostServoy World 2011
  • VISUAL UI DESIGN • Enhancing the application’s look • No visual abstractions anymore – pixel preciseness • Ideally, visual UI design builds on usability engineering artifacts and “enriches” themServoy World 2011
  • VISUAL UI DESIGN CARES ABOUT… • Screen (fine) layout Distances, proportions, dimensions, alignment • GUI element styles Affordance, clarity, colors, fonts etc. • Icons Intuitive, easily recognizable and aesthetic imagery to rapidly communicate application functionality • Animations Transitions between different GUI states that improve orientationServoy World 2011
  • FROM A WIREFRAME… 24Servoy World 2011
  • …TO A HIGH-FIDELITY MOCK 26Servoy World 2011
  • WHAT IS SEXY ANYWAY? • In this context, it’s definitely not about reproduction • However, it is about attractiveness and appeal • Again: intrinsic values can also be sexy • If we talk of a UI being “sexy” we think of: Aesthetics and DesirabilityServoy World 2011
  • IS THIS A SEXY DASHBOARD?Servoy World 2011
  • IS THIS A SEXY INVOICING SCREEN?Servoy World 2011
  • PUTTING „SEXY“ INTO CONTEXT • Attractive things work better than unattractive things and are perceived as being „more usable“ • Emotions can evoke the “I want to have it” effect • The look and feel defines how a software is being perceived • Stable • Professional • Trustworthy • etc.Servoy World 2011
  • PUTTING „SEXY“ INTO CONTEXT • Whatever shall be accomplished via visual design: constraints must be considered • Readability • Support for the color vision impaired • Standards compliance • Cultural aspects (BiDi-support, color semantics etc.) • Technical limitationsServoy World 2011
  • CLEAN • Everything’s in place • Unnecessary stuff is kept out of sight • Same things look the same and therefore are familiar • If we talk of a UI being “clean” we think of: Information ThroughputServoy World 2011
  • IS THIS A SEXY INVOICING SCREEN?Servoy World 2011
  • 35GOOD AND BAD PRACTICESScreen Design and Icon Design
  • BADServoy World 2011
  • GOODServoy World 2011
  • BAD • This sample does not reflect dependencies between controls.Servoy World 2011
  • GOODServoy World 2011
  • ONE STYLE PER COMPONENT CLASS…Servoy World 2011
  • …VS. ONE STYLE PER USAGE CONTEXTServoy World 2011
  • COMPLEXITY…Servoy World 2011
  • …REDUCEDServoy World 2011
  • DOES THIS WELCOME SCREEN WELCOME YOU?Servoy World 2011
  • DOES THIS WELCOME SCREEN WELCOME YOU?Servoy World 2011
  • THIS IS NOT AN ICON…Servoy World 2011
  • BUT THIS ONE IS…Servoy World 2011
  • …AND SO ARE THESEServoy World 2011
  • WHY ARE THESE ICONS RECOGNIZABLE AT 16X16 PIXEL?Servoy World 2011
  • COHERENT, BUT…Servoy World 2011
  • STILL COHERENT, BUT MUCH MORE APPEALINGServoy World 2011
  • A DEFINITELY UNSEXY SPLASHSCREEN…Servoy World 2011
  • …PUT IN ANOTHER DRESSServoy World 2011
  • STYLISTIC DEVICES • Modern user interfaces require certain stylistic devices • Alphablending (for shadow and glow effects) • Textures (for realistic material effects) • Fluent transitions between different UI states (for better orientation) • Non-rectangular shaped UI elementsServoy World 2011
  • DEFINING STYLES • Basic colors and fonts should be defined descriptively (just as known from HTML and CSS) • However, pure descriptive mechanisms (still) have limitations • Alternative: image-based approachesServoy World 2011
  • MODERN VISUAL EFFECTS • GUI elements are assembled from simple pixel- graphics • Advantages • Modern effects can be used (almost) limitlessly • High rendering performance • Designers can work with the visual tool that they know best: PhotoshopServoy World 2011
  • NORMAL SCALING VS. 9-SLICE-SCALING • Problem: Pixel-graphics cannot be scaled arbitrarily without suffering from quality issues Scaling of a button Scaling of a button without 9-Slice-Scaling with 9-Slice-ScalingServoy World 2011
  • USING 9-SLICE-SCALINGServoy World 2011
  • 9-SLICE-SCALING METHOD • Allows to resize a GUI element without any loss of quality • This method works in Java Swing and CSS3Servoy World 2011
  • 68“Fine. But… so what?”
  • READY-MADE SOLUTION • We are happy to announce that for the Servoy Smart Client all this is now available out of the box:Servoy World 2011
  • 81LIVE DEMO
  • 82OR watch on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFtSJ60B2QY
  • FROM STANDARD…Servoy World 2011
  • …OVER BIZLAF UNTAGGED…Servoy World 2011
  • …TO BIZLAF WITH ADDITIONAL STYLESServoy World 2011
  • 86QUESTIONS
  • 87
  • MORE ABOUT CENTIGRADE • Articles on UI design topics and UI design inspiration http://www.centigrade.de/blog http://www.centigrade.de/gallery • More about BizLaf http://www.centigrade.de/bizlaf • Browse stock icons with Icon Book http://www.centigrade.de/iconbookServoy World 2011
  • MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER • Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thomasimmich • Contact me thomas.immich@centigrade.deServoy World 2011