User Interface 101: The Good, The Bad and The Basic
July 2018A user interface properly built is for the use of the end-user. An achievably outstanding user interface is built to make it eye-catching, accessible and understandable for the end-user to use.
There are 5 key factors to develop a successful UI:
Maintain consistency. Having a consistent structure through out the whole system is vital. Although you may not want it to all look the same, you do need to see if functions are the same to keep it easy for the simplest of minds. For instance, if one item is set to double-click, then all items should be set to have the double-click feature. As a result, the user will not have to continuously think whilst using the UI design.
Keep it Simple. An easy UI will be unrecognisable by the end-user. Use clear and concise information, when labelling or providing instructions. Try enabling a quick way for a user to get from point A to point B, with out the hassle of overpopulation or indirect links. Remember its not a grocery store, end-users want to get to their destination fast.
Design is Key. A unique design is not enough to keep a user interested. Though there are millions of sites which are all developed to do the same thing. You would want to keep similar things as other sites, such as scrolling and clicking, you do want it to stand out from the crowd. Follow a structure you believe no one else has tried. Make it attractive and colourful. Keep the end-user amazed and looking for more.
Test the Nest. Test, test, test. You can not stress about this enough. Its bad enough to not be an attractive information system. But to have a system which doesn’t flow, or work is practically useless. To create a workable user interface, you must understand what the end-users problem is and how it can be solved.
Loop the Users. Be sure that users are looped into the changes, updates and actions of the UI. UI is not only about the design but also about the communication. Communication toward the end-user can eliminate or reduce frustration and prevention to use the system.