18 Vital Tips for UI Designers


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What users want is for developers to build applications that meet their needs and that are easy to use.

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18 Vital Tips for UI Designers

  1. 1. 18 Vital Tips for UI Designers
  2. 2. What users want is for developers to build applications that meet their needs and that are easy to use. Too many developers think that they are artistic geniuses – they do not bother to follow user interface design standards or invest the effort to make their applications usable, instead they mistakenly believe that the important thing is to make the code clever or to use a really interesting color scheme.
  3. 3. User interface design important for several reasons. 1. First of all the more intuitive the user interface the easier it is to use 2. easier it is to use and the less expensive to use it 3. The better the user interface the easier it is to train people to use it 4. reducing your training costs 5. The better your user interface the less help people will need to use it 6. reducing your support costs 7. user interface the more your users will like to use it 8. increasing their satisfaction with the work that you have done Now get your tips to enhance your design for audience view
  4. 4. 1.Consistency Consistency, consistency, consistency. I believe the most important thing you can possibly do is ensure your user interface works consistently.
  5. 5. 2. Set standards Set standards and stick to them. The only way you can ensure consistency within your application is to set user interface design standards, and then stick to them.
  6. 6. 3. Be prepared Be prepared to hold the line. When you are developing the user interface for your system you will discover that your stakeholders often have some unusual ideas as to how the user interface should be developed.
  7. 7. 4.Explain the rules Explain the rules. Your users need to know how to work with the application you built for them. When an application works consistently, it means you only have to explain the rules once.
  8. 8. 5.Navigation Navigation between major user interface items is important. If it is difficult to get from one screen to another, then your users will quickly become frustrated and give up.
  9. 9. 6. Navigation within a screen Navigation within a screen is important. In Western societies, people read left to right and top to bottom. Because people are used to this, should you design screens that are also organized left to right and top to bottom when designing a user interface for people from this culture? You want to organize navigation between widgets on your screen in a manner users will find familiar to them.
  10. 10. 7. Word your messages and labels Word your messages and labels effectively. The text you display on your screens is a primary source of information for your users. If your text is worded poorly, then your interface will be perceived poorly by your users.
  11. 11. 8. Understand the UI widgets Understand the UI widgets. You should use the right widget for the right task, helping to increase the consistency in your application and probably making it easier to build the application in the first place.
  12. 12. 9. Look at other applications Look at other applications with a grain of salt. Unless you know another application has been verified to follow the user interface-standards and guidelines of your organization, don’t assume the application is doing things right.
  13. 13. 10. Use color appropriately Use color appropriately. Color should be used sparingly in your applications and, you must also use a secondary indicator. The problem is that some of your users may be color blind and then you need to do something else to make it stand out if you want these people to notice it.
  14. 14. 11. Follow the contrast rule Follow the contrast rule. If you are going to use color in your application, you need to ensure that your screens are still readable. The best way to do this is to follow the contrast rule: Use dark text on light backgrounds and light text on dark backgrounds.
  15. 15. 12. Align fields effectively Align fields effectively. When a screen has more than one editing field, you want to organize the fields in a way that is both visually appealing and efficient.
  16. 16. 13. Expect your users to make mistakes Expect your users to make mistakes. How many times have you accidentally deleted some text in one of your files or deleted the file itself? Were you able to recover from these mistakes or were you forced to redo hours, or even days, of work? The reality is that to err is human, so you should design your user interface to recover from mistakes made by your users.
  17. 17. 14. Justify data appropriately Justify data appropriately. For columns of data, common practice is to right-justify integers, decimal align floating- point numbers, and to left-justify strings.
  18. 18. 15. Your design should be intuitable Your design should be intuitable. In other words, if your users don’t know how to use your software, they should be able to determine how to use it by making educated guesses.
  19. 19. 16. Don’t create busy user interfaces Don’t create busy user interfaces. Crowded screens are difficult to understand and, hence, are difficult to use. Experimental results show that the overall density of the screen should not exceed 40 percent, whereas local density within groupings should not exceed 62 percent.
  20. 20. 17. Group things effectively Group things effectively. Items that are logically connected should be grouped together on the screen to communicate they are connected, whereas items that have nothing to do with each other should be separated.
  21. 21. 18. Take an evolutionary approach Take an evolutionary approach. Techniques such as user interface prototyping and Agile Model Driven Development (AMDD) are critical to your success as a developer.
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