Yearly Archives: 2016

Card-structured layout in User Interface Design

With mobile internet usage surpassing the desktop, User Interface Design is now favoring the small screen as responsive design becomes mandatory. Simple interface styles like flat design, and in particular the use of cards, are more popular than ever. Cards are small individual containers of information, with each card representing its own singular thought. A…

User Interface Design and the psychology of color

Color usage in User Interface Design relies on more than just the personal preferences of designers and clients. The increase in touchscreen usage on electronic devices means the interaction is more direct and intimate. With that comes an emotional relationship between users and their devices that should be part of any successful interface. The psychological…

Dashboard User Experience Trends

The move towards cleaner UI Experiences and design layouts isn’t restricted to any one area of UI design, but dashboards may be utilizing the trend to its fullest. A Flat design with simple colors and fewer graphics lets users focus on content and features. This leads to a greatly improved user experience. The cleaner dashboard…

Medical UI Design and Human Factors validation

The Medical UI design field recently received assistance from the FDA in the form of a publication title “Applying Human Factors and Usability Engineering to Medical Devices.” This is a guidance document helping those in the medical device and medical user interface industry in developing the proper human factors and usability engineering methods and practices…

Using the Lean UX Design process

Lean UX Design is the practice of focusing on the actual user experience through rapid iteration cycles coupled with insight generation from user and client feedback. Based on the lean start up concept, Lean UX Design encourages innovation over documentation and addresses issues most important to end users early in the product’s life cycle. User…

Conversational User Interface Design

Conversational user interface—using voice interaction in a natural conversational manner with your devices instead of manual interaction—provides numerous opportunities and challenges for UI designers. However, one of the main advantages of conversational user interface design (CUI) is its high learnability level. Every prospective user more or less already knows how to use it. As technology…

Medical UI Design That Simplifies Complex Data

Simplicity in Medical UI Design may be an interface’s most important usability design principle. It optimizes the user experience and simplifies software development. One example is Thermo Fisher Scientific’s innovative NanoDrop One UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, which solves complex analytical challenges and produces results and analysis that can be understood quickly and easily. Areteworks uses a funnel…

User Interface and Usability Design conferences

One of the many benefits of attending User Interface and Usability conferences is that they allow you to develop and extend skills in your current field of work, as well as learn something completely new. Choosing the right conference often depends on goals to expand your knowledge base, the event’s location, and the desire to…

Purposeful communication in UI Design

In UI design, everything a designer does affects the user experience. From the purposeful and intentional to the neglectful oversight and omission, every action–and non-action–shapes the experience of the end-user. For designers, successful UI solutions require decisions that will communicate the intended message at all times. Content, color schemes, screen layout, buttons vs icons, labels—all…