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Make Sophisticated User Interface Designs

The idea of creating sophisticated user interface design sounds like a paradox. When most people think about UI design, they automatically connect it to simplicity. However, things can’t always be simple when it comes to designing more complex products such as mobile apps that help users solve complicated problems and offer them wide array of features at their disposal. So if that’s the dilemma that you are facing, here are some tips to help you create sophisticated UI designs that are optimally designed and provide a great user experience.

First, approach the design from the mindset of function over form. Start by making it concise and clear what your app does. Your app will probably have various features so you want to make sure that user will intuitively understand what they are and what they do. Eventually, the form will get more sophisticated but you want to start by making sure the design has a simple foundational structure.

Next, organize all the functions and features of your app by creating a well designed navigation bar. Make it clear what each button on the navigation bar does and organize similar features so that the user doesn’t have to scramble to find what he is looking for. If your navigation is going to extensive, the best bet is to design a tabbed menu that either comes out from the top or the side with a simple click.

Third, you want to make sure that the UI is consistent and familiar. While the user is using your app, you want new or unexplored options to be familiar to their previous experience. This will make the app feel intuitive. You also need to make sure that the navigation is consistent. You want the buttons, tabs, graphics and icons to remain the same throughout the experience to provide a great experience.

Fourth, you want to make sure that the design is attractive. However, striking a fine balance is key here. Making your design too slick or contemporary may confuse users or give off the impression that the app is complex too use. Making the design minimal can also make your app come off as clunky or even give off the impression that your app doesn’t have much value.

Finally, you want to design for efficiency. In many cases, apps with multiple features and functionalities can be quite annoying to use. Problems like having to go back to the main page to access a feature and not being able to save data when launching a new function is taxing to the user. To resolve these issues, you’ll need to test your design extensively to identify things that don’t synergize well, waste time, and make usage more tedious.

Building a sophisticated UI design is far from easy. The challenge is to take complex features and functionalities and make it as accessible and transparent to the user as possible. Hopefully, following these five tips will help you clear up some of the confusion and give you a better perspective on what you need to accomplish in your UI design.

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Goran Paunovic

Goran Paunovic is a creative director at ArtVersion Interactive, web design company and full service creative agency.

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