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14 Principles of User Interface Design


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Good UI design focuses on anticipating the needs of your users beforehand and ensuring that the Interface incorporates elements which facilitate those actions, are easy to comprehend, and hassle-free to access.

Here are a few quintessential principles of UI that developers would do best to stick to.

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14 Principles of User Interface Design

  1. 1. 14 principles of user interface design
  2. 2. To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse.
  3. 3. User interface designing is not mere art. Interfaces are meant to serve a purpose and their effectiveness can be gauged. However, best user interface designs are not just utilitarian, they inspire, communicate, evoke, deliver, connect and intensify relationship between users and digital world. Lets dig into 14 principles of user interface design that every designer should memorize.
  4. 4. Inspire Clarity
  5. 5. One hundred clear screens is better than a single cluttered screen.
  6. 6. Enable interaction.
  7. 7. Conserve attention.
  8. 8. Grant control.
  9. 9. Direct manipulation.
  10. 10. Direct manipulation is feeling of involvement directly with a world of objects rather than of communicating with an intermediary.
  11. 11. Single action per screen.
  12. 12. Keep inessential elements secondary.
  13. 13. Human centric interaction.
  14. 14. Be consistent with user expectations.
  15. 15. Maintain visual hierarchy.
  16. 16. Size | Color | Contrast | Space | Symmetry | Proximity
  17. 17. Reduce cognitive load.
  18. 18. Use right colors.
  19. 19. Progressively disclose information.
  20. 20. Great design is invisible.