There is a lot of information about different methods of designing a User Interface that you can use to create a website or application interface. Logo Designz Pros has compiled a list of eight characteristics that are key to a successful user interface:
Accessibility – the most important element for design! Essentially, the entire target is a user interface to enable users to interact with your system. If a person cannot understand how your application is running, it will only be confused and end up disappointed. Therefore, while developing the interface of your application or website, be sure to make sure that it is intuitive to your users.
What does this button do? Move the cursor and read.
Large load – the enemy of good user interface. It is easy to fall into the trap of excessive availability – adding more and more controls; you make a huge mistake – cluttered interface. Your interface is growing, and the user is forced to read a lot to understand what, where and what is. Make things clear, but with a minimal workload. If you can describe the capabilities of a single sentence, instead of three – do it. When you sign the item in one word instead of two – do it. Protect your users’ time, let convenience and minimalism requires a lot of time, but your efforts will be rewarded.
Sound level control panel in OS X. brief and accessible, nothing more.
Many designers strive to make the interface “intuitive.” But what is “intuitive” really mean? This means that users have to instinctively understand and make sense of the possibility of the project. But how can you do something intuitive? You design the familiar things for yourself, and what to you may seem obvious, users can alienate and cause difficulties. Ask your relatives and friends to perform any actions through your interface, for example, to order the product, if your interface involves the sale of anything. Watch every action of a user, for mistakes that he makes. So you collect a number of omissions in the interface, which complicate the user interaction system. And only after correcting problem areas, your interface may be ready to go.
Intuitive interface Go Plan. Inscriptions on the tabs allow the user to understand the contents of the section.
Responsiveness means several things. Website interface should work very quickly. Long waiting download annoying page. Make sure that the site loads quickly even on slow Internet channels. Just responsiveness means some permanent form of user interaction. The interface must inform the user about what is happening. For example, you press the button to send the message. If the message is sent via AJAX, it would be reasonable to deduce the state of dispatch, e.g. “Sending …”, “Message sent” or “send a message error”. When the user sees the implementation of the process, he feels calmer. This is especially noticeable on a slow Internet channels.
When Gmail displays the download progress bar
When choosing certain decisions in designing, take into account the content of the page type. Different pages can contain different types of content. Adapt each page to fit the corresponding content, create controls that simplify the user to work with the site, and try to do. But do not forget about minimalism! Thus, after working with your controls, the user gets used to them and further work with your resources will be for him “ordinary” matter.
Elements of MS Office control, different for each type of content.
While this may be somewhat controversial point, but I believe that a good interface should be attractive. Attractive user interface makes working with him enjoyable. Yes, you can make the interface easy to use, effectiveness and efficiency, and it is perfectly cope with the task – but if you add to the list of advantages and more attractive – work with him will be pure pleasure! But it is difficult to make an interface that will please everyone. Everyone has their own preferences, and that seems to one beautiful, the other will cause disgust. However, users can be divided into some social / demographic groups, among which there will be a group of your target audience. For example, the interface for the group “young mothers” will be radically different from the “on auto sales managers.”
Google Chrome interface.
User Interface – is a management tool. It provides access to various functions of your application or website. A good interface should enable the user with the least effort to fulfill the interests of its action. It is important to understand that the user often wants to perform on a particular page. Do not you want to display a list of all the features of your project, often the user is interested only in a small part of this list? Make sure that the user can instantly find the most useful and the most desired functions; it will greatly simplify its communication with the project.
Three of the most commonly performed operations on photos to Apple iPhone united in a common list with instant access.
No one and nothing is perfect. Be prepared for the fact that users will make mistakes when working with your project. This can happen on your own fault, and the user’s fault. You must correctly handle all possible error – this will be one of the main indicators of the quality of your project. Do not punish the user – develop a “condescending” interface. You must protect data from accidental user actions. For example, if someone deletes sensitive information, provide the possibility of its recovery. When a user switches to non-existent pages, do not frighten its server errors, but instead provide a list of alternative ways in which it can proceed.
Accidentally deleted important information to Gmail. No problem, we can cancel the action!
While working on the achievement of one of these characteristics, you can create problems for the achievement of the other. For example, trying to make the interface more intuitive, you can add a lot of descriptions and explanations that eventually will make the interface even more cumbersome and inconvenient. By cutting the material to achieve a minimalist can make things confusing for an ordinary user. In order to achieve the balance necessary skill and a lot of time, remember that your user interface designs are likely to be different in different projects. What is true for one another may not be acceptable.