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UI Design Process: How Do You Prototype?

Whether it is with an internal team or client, having the tools to effectively present an idea and show the process to delivery is integral in gaining stakeholder approval and ultimately, the best end product. The path of designing an interface is no different that any other creative process. Designers require a toolbox to aid in the communication and visual aspects of the project, and prototyping is the main driver for helping this process along. Determining what method to adopt for a specific ui design project will depend on the content, team cognition, budget & time constraints as well as the preference of the design and development teams. Sketching Sketching, albeit low-fi, is perhaps the most innovative route when developing an interface. Sitting down to pen and paper leaves the possibilities open to all possibilities and no constraints. It allows the designer to explore the problem and come up with a solution through experimentation. Without […]

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1 year, 7 months ago
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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, 8 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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1 year, 8 months ago
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10 Key UI Design Trends to Implement Now

Trends within the digital design landscape change rapidly as new ideas and innovations occur – so it’s critical to stay on top of whats new and try new implementations on a regular basis. Current rising trends in user interface design are new ideas, while others embrace tried-and-tested methods, tweaking them slightly to adapt within the interface and digital advancement or user needs. The following are some of the new (and critical) elements that have caught the eye of ux/ui designers industrywide. As always, with new ideas and implementations, testing is key to ensure each new design introduced is optimal for the site it is representing. Optimized Navigation An integral element to the aspect ui is the design of it’s core navigation. This is the system of parts that helps a user move around the experience, helping them find what they need, get deeper into information and complete a task. All elements should be highly intuitive. […]

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1 year, 9 months 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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1 year, 9 months 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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1 year, 9 months ago
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5 UI Design Features to Implement When Working With Luxury Brands

While its true that some luxury brands have been slower to adapt to the digital sphere, its clear that a web presence is key to engaging customers at any level. No longer do high priced items have to be purchased solely in a traditional commerce setting, and it’s increasingly critical for a luxury brand to portray an accurate digital experiential representation of their brand, products and services offered. The ‘luxury’ brand experience to many evokes a sense of exclusivity, impeccable customer service and of course an outstanding product offering. In a traditional setting, this is achieved through the environment and personnel. To achieve this feeling in a digital setting, the focus must be placed initially on the user interface design to achieve the optimal user experience. Foremost, attention to detail is key. Providing as much information about the products and services offered at a granular level is paramount to the success […]

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1 year, 10 months ago
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Challenges of the Single Page Application

The rising popularity of the single page interface has shown it’s alignment with the times through a simplicity approach, but it’s important to understand why this application may or may not work for a specific brand, product or service. The single page interface (SPI), more popularly known as the Single Page Application (SPA) is a website interface or web application that conforms to a single web page, providing a more seamless, faster and more fluid user experience mainly because the information is never required to reload and is all available at one glance (information at your fingertips, illuminated). While there is a great deal of appeal in providing this UX approach, the content with regard to site architecture must be analyzed to ensure the right design is implemented. While ideal for a brand with a single product or service, the use of an SPA would be less recommended for an ecommerce […]

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1 year, 11 months ago
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Understanding the Connection Between UI and UX Design

There’s a lot of confusion on the difference between UI/UX design. UI design is all about working on the user interface that people interact with in order to navigation a site or use a function of an app. UX design is about working on the user’s experience as a whole. This includes load times, clean presentation format, valuable content, etc. Basically, UI falls under the umbrella of UX but when people talk about UI it’s precisely about UI in of itself rather than bringing in the entire topic of UX. Despite that, there is a cause and effect between a great user interface and the overall user experience. The user interface on a website determines how intuitive and easy it is for the user to browse the website and find what he is looking for. As a result, a well-designed UI results in an improved UX. Similarly, a well-designed UI […]

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1 year, 11 months ago
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A Fine Balance: UI Design Layout Strategies

Layout, while related to the overall design of a site, is truly about the experience of moving through an interface, being able to easily identify and locate what is needed as quickly and intuitively as possible. Further, a truly effective web design is judged not by a creative director or site owners, but ultimately by the site user. The greatest of importance has been placed on user experience – and this must be of the utmost importance when implementing user interface design. To begin, while it may seem rudimentary, it is helpful to get thoughts on paper – even sketches. Many designers jump right to the comfort of their CS thinking that inspiration and innovation will come. Taking a moment to gather information and content from a kick off, truly taking into consideration the needs of a user will bring ultimate payoff in conversion rates. Speaking more technically, wire framing and prototyping […]

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1 year, 11 months ago