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Treating Text As An Integral Element of UI Design

More often, when designing for UI, the primary focus tends to be on site navigation, layout and imagery. Even with talk of importance placed on user experience and quality content, text – particularly body copy – gets ignored until later in the game and dropped in as an afterthought. When you really look at the elements of an interface, the majority of what drives the design is type. Both the layout and font choice are critical aspects that will determine the success or failure of a site. When all the layers of image and color are peeled back, the reality is that the majority of UI is text. Ensuring that this driving design element is handled properly through placement, context and hierarchy is key. Font Choice The fonts chosen for site content should be given as much effort as those selected for a logo. Just as a logo can set […]

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1 year, 11 months ago
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The Organized UI: Prioritizing Content Through Visual Hierarchy

When planning out an interface with any amount of information, there is content, in both visual and contexual format, that must be organized for the maximum user experience. Using type, color, contrast, shape, placement and scale, among other layout qualities – a designer can organize elements on a page so that users gets a sense of visual importance – leading them to a greater chance of engagement. With the great deal of weight placed on user experience and pathways today, visual hierarchy can be a great instrument in the toolbox of a ui designer and site owner. Both content creators and designers must align to create a strategy for prioritizing their content. Benefits of Using Visual Hierarchy Hierarchy guides the user from one element to the next, ideally in a flow that corresponds to the content’s message. Creating a visual hierarchy provides a bird’s eye view on how to design so that users engage with […]

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2 years, 15 days ago
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Kicking Off A User Interface Project With Purpose

The process of user interface design tends to be a shifting maze of discovery from project inception to delivery. Many developers and designers kick off a project with the best of intentions only to come up with an interface that doesn’t seem to fully align with the original idea or purpose. User interface design is not just about making an idea fit into a box. There is an immense amount of work that goes into providing a great user experience and great interface design. It is a dynamic process where test results are constantly used and updated, and feedback is analyzed to change the design and structure of the UI. Meet the audience halfway and they  will be of great assistance in optimizing an ideal branding strategy. Find Purpose The underlying foundation of every website or application must be, of course, to embrace aesthetic and remain easily navigable for users. Coupled with clean, original design, the interface’s usability is the key to a website’s […]

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2 years, 1 month ago
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The Importance of Consistency In UI Design

They may not be aware of it, but users who have become familiar with specific elements in design behave in a certain way; depending on the intended result, designers must be vigilant to optimize their interface for user experience. Consistency and predictability go a long way when establishing a positive brand association, and that concept applies fully to user interface (UI) design. Elements as seemingly simple as control buttons, navigational details, and toolbars have an effect on the impression made with site interaction. Going deeper into each component (for example), there are different ways to structure basic elements like check boxes – implementing check lists is best when the boxes are placed vertically, drawing the eye to its natural scrolling motion that has become prevalent throughout web design (in this case, users are already familiar with the parallax scrolling phenomenon that has swept through design – knowing that fact and structuring […]

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2 years, 1 month ago
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Optimizing UX Through Microinteraction

They say design is in the details, and nowhere does this adage hold true more than in the process of crafting an interface. Embarking on the massive undertaking of designing, building and delivering what is essentially, in todays digital world – a brand’s calling card – can be a daunting task. Even a site redesign can be a lengthy engagement requiring multiple stakeholders and levels of interaction through the project’s lifecycle. Even for the best of designers, developers and project managers – details can get lost  – but is it is within these details that the heart of the optimal user experience resides and it is an essential task to ensure they are not missed. Connecting The Details To create the best possible UX, a visitor to a site must be able to easily accomplish a desired task. It is here where the ‘details’ come into play, but what we don’t normally think […]

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2 years, 2 months ago
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The Intuitive Interface

Consistency and predictability go a long way when establishing a positive brand association, and that concept applies fully to user interface design. They may not be aware of it, but users who have become familiar with specific elements in design behave in a certain way; depending on the intended result, designers must be vigilant to optimize their interface for user satisfaction. Ensuring that a web interface is easy to use and intuitive for visitors is key – elements like a search field make your website smoothly navigable and organized. It allows users to enter a keyword or query and submit it to the index, promptly receiving the most useful and relevant results. Most websites place their search bar near the top of the page; by following that “template,” the user experience is simplified and quickened (no time is wasted on a hunt for a simple tool). Even items as seemingly […]

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2 years, 2 months ago