This blog intend to highlight some good to know tips for creating impactful and efficient UI. The main aim of user interface is to provide a better solution which makes user life easy, simple, logical and clear.
Below are some points which User-Interface designers should consider while creating UI Designs.
1. Design should be uncluttered
No matter who’s interacting with the system, how technically strong they are, every user want to interact with simple, user-friendly and easy to use system. A good user interface can speed up daily work process and make work life easier for users.
2. User shouldn’t have to overthink their actions.
By using multiple color and style variation on actionable items can make user confuse or mislead. According to Human Factor International Inc, Actionable items should look like a button. So that user do not need find a actionable items. But when material design or flat design got introduce the user become used to flat style or pattern.
3. Most powerful usability principle is Consistency.
When we say UI should be consistent, It means user should be able to remember clickable action at once and able to use on other similar screens. Also we need to take care font sizes, color and actionable links. If you have the same functionality or similar operation, It has to give same and consistent across the entire application.
Consistency is one of the most powerful usability principles: when things always behave the same, users don’t have to worry about what will happen. Instead, they know what will happen based on earlier experience. – Jacob Nielson
4. Relevant information must be easily accessible
A designer should put the most relevant information or content upfront so that it will easily accessible. When your designs have the right and relevant information which can be easily accessed, user’s will be easily and feel like to access other pages. Don’t let users go through two or three clicks for one operation.
5. Design should be aesthetically pleasing
A beautifully designed UI helps users to understand the solution and guide them to perform a task. They feel an emotional connection that makes user to remember the application. Do not use so many colors so many colour in designs because it creates optical illusions and poor contrast.
6. Screens should be to the Point.
Design is a solution to the problem. It should only have the relevant information which is easily accessible to the user. Irrelevant information is a waste of everyone’s time.
Typography plays one of the most important role in applications. Having clean and simple typography improves the readability and also user complication.The kind of typography make the user decide within a couple of second if the user would like to use your application again or not.
A good design is intuitive, efficient and easy to work with but to reach to a level where it can be used by a user, it has to pass several through several levels of stringent process. The process generally works in a to-and-fro model starting from What/Why of the project, then moving to Understanding the Purpose/Concept. After the idea is conceived the next step is to start with the Design, it then further goes to the Development stage for binding it with functions with the help of coding. When the design is fully functional, there are paraments on which the design is judged at the Testing stage.
When the product is tested and ready it is good to go for Launch. After the product is out for users, it is crucial to get feedback form time to time as the statistics and suggestions from the users helps in determining what kind of experience does a user like or prefer and how it can be made better.
I hope above mentioned things would be insightful and will not only help to bring a good UI design—but also you will improve the quality of life for IT and their customers alike.