Yearly Archives: 2012

Skeuomorphic design in user interface

Skeuomorphic UI design replicates the look and feel of tangible objects and tools to make a user interface more intuitive for end users. The issues of utilizing this method in a UI system tend to center around whether or not a Skeuomorphic design limits functionality. The pros, however, are hard to overlook in that they…

Relaying errors in UI Design and its effect on User Experience

Successful UI Design will feel intuitive and natural to the user. When errors occur, however, it becomes important to make sure the user does not feel at fault or blamed. Error messages, when used, should be instructive and not just informative. Easy and obvious ways to return to a base screen when users feel lost…

Good UI Design is humble

“When software is hard to use, don’t make excuses for it. Improve it. When a user makes a mistake, don’t blame the user. Ask how the software misled them. Then fix it. The user’s time is more valuable than ours. Respect it. Good UI design is humble.” – Jono DiCarlo

Icons vs text for senior users in User Interface design

For users who are more advanced in age, which conveys the features and functions of a user interface better: an icon or text? Ideally a product’s UI will be able to contain both icons and text, but there are instances in which the scarcity of available real estate on any given screen makes choosing one…

Confusing design with style in User Interface Design

The best UI design will solve problems and help users resolve issues. Style in and of itself is used a bit too often to simply mask problems and avoid user issues. Relying too heavily on graphical aesthetics can be like applying a fresh coat of paint to a car that needs a new transmission. It…

The importance of groundwork in User Interface Design

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” -Steve Jobs As difficult as it may seem at times, UI and UX designers as well as the client’s product design team members need to remember that individual tastes and viewpoints among the design participants tends to take a…

Challenges UI Design firms face in the Medical Device industry

One of the greatest challenges to the medical device industry is the regulatory barriers to innovation put in place by the FDA. Leaders in the User Interface design and Product Development process will have to strongly consider lobbying for more constructive changes in these processes. Additionally, it would be beneficial to find ways to integrate…

Alternative methods to usability testing

Usability tests are essential to gaining important information to the direction and success of a product’s user interface. However, usability testing can sometimes be costly and time consuming. There are some ways to counter the expense and still gain valuable insight to your UI design’s effectiveness. One way is through the use of an Expert…

User Interface Design and Usability quotations

“Interactive design [is] a seamless blend of graphic arts, technology, and psychology.” —Brad Wieners “[the design process] is about designing and prototyping and making. When you separate those, I think the final result suffers.” —Jonathan Ive “Truly elegant design incorporates top-notch functionality into a simple, uncluttered form.” —David Lewis “Design is so critical it should…