“A picture is worth a thousand words. An interface is worth a thousand pictures.” – Ben Shneiderman
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Well-Designed User Interfaces
The user interface is the means by which a user and device interact. A well-designed user interface is a necessity in today’s world. Developers and designers have to work hand in hand to create intuitive and responsive user interfaces that work for tactile, sensory, and traditional approaches.
Key aspects of a well-designed user interface include:
Consistency ensures that the user experience is streamlined, it allows users to rely on knowledge they already have making them more likely to use and recommend the app or software.
Visual hierarchy is the arrangement of information based on getting the eye to recognise a focal point first and then gradually moving in a consistent manner around the page. It allows for clear ordering of information.
Layout and order:
The way we perceive information can be enhanced or diminished by how the information is presented. Overcrowded disjointed unrelated information lessens the user experience and how much information is retained.
The overall look and appeal, such as contrast, colours, visual flow, etc.
The reason why all of these aspects are so important is they make everything more intuitive and therefore enhance the user experience. User interfaces are no longer being designed for one platform they need to be functional over multiple new and expanding formats.
User interfaces also need to be designed for non-traditional users i.e. children, people with disabilities, etc. Children face different challenges to adults and with the movement of tablet/smartphone usage in education their needs must be taken into account. Well-designed interfaces allow them easier use of these devices as well as effective learning.
Well-designed user interfaces are therefore very important in that they make the user experience more intuitive and people retain necessary information more easily.
Courtesy of: Designmantic.com
Author – Taryn Reddy
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