The Accot-Zhai Steering Law (discovered by HCI researchers Johnny Accot and Shumin Zhai, but also known simply as the Steering Law) is a corollary of Fitts’s Law.
The Accot-Zhai Steering Law (discovered by HCI researchers Johnny Accot and Shumin Zhai, but also known simply as the Steering Law) is a corollary of Fitts’s Law.
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Animation is a staple of web and UI design. A perfectly still website devoid of even subtle hover states can feel incomplete, like something essential is missing. Luckily, there are many ways to add animations to your website.
Basic web UI elements and wireframes are used to create a prototype of the UI example which will be shown to the client so that they can have an idea of how their user interface will look once it is completely designed. And here is more to help you get started.
What makes an icon a valuable addition to the interface, rather than a mere decorative element? Intuitiveness, aesthetic value, memorability, intercultural perception? While an effective icon would combine many of those characteristics, I’d like to focus on one measure–speed of recognition, or
Director Wes Anderson has always been distinguished for his visual artistry, detail-rich sets, and storybook-like imagery. From the whimsical, campy feel of Moonrise Kingdom to the carefully crafted sets and miniatures in The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson’s movies are visual masterpieces.
It happens about once or twice a year. I travel over to my mother’s house for a visit and, about two or three hours in, she says something like “Hey, can you take a look at my computer? I just want to make sure everything is okay with it. You know I don’t know what I’m doing.
Using the words “animation” and “the web” together tends to conjure up memories of frantic searches for the “skip intro” button to save ourselves from a terrible sensory assault. Animation on the web has hit some pretty sad lows, there’s no arguing that.
Communication plays a vital role in design. Whether you design websites, mobile apps, or wearable UIs, your creations have to clearly communicate their intent and purpose. And since text does a lot of the heavy lifting in communicating purpose, you need a solid understanding of typography.
We take a look at the lesser discussed subject of admin dashboard design trends with examples from quality UI designers. Most web dashboards are pre-built into CMS engines from WordPress to Drupal.
This article has been contributed by Saha William. User experience (UX) is the end result of User Interface design (UI)… If that’s what you wanted to hear, there you have it. Take it and leave it!
Though some decry flat user interfaces as pure fashion, or the obvious response to skeuomorphic trends, many designers have embraced the flat approach because the reduction in visual styling (such as gradients, drop shadows, and borders) creates interfaces that seem simpler and cleaner.
OK, first things first. This guide is not for everyone. Who is this guide for? If you went to art school or consider yourself a UI designer already, you will likely find this guide some combination of a.) boring, b.) wrong, and c.) irritating. That’s fine. All your criticisms are right.
Since it was purpose-built for web and mobile design, it’s no surprise that Sketch is one of the fastest and most versatile tools for designing prototypes. And these 10 tips make it even more powerful. Okay, so this has nothing to do with Sketch.
Wojtek Borowicz, Community Evangelist at Estimote, freelance writer, Internet of Things enthusiast. One of the greatest lies of software industry is the so-called intuitive interface.
Clarity is the most important value of a well-designed user interface. Last time I blogged about pictograms. Let’s talk type today. Because even more than icons, a typeface can make or break clarity. On the surface, most of an app’s UI is exactly the type it’s set in.
Accessibility enables people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the web. Imagine a world where developers know everything there is to know about accessibility. You design it and they build it… perfectly.
We are back with an inspiring selection of User Interface elements such as music widgets, calendars, slideshows, and more.
There’s a quote by Tim Berners-Lee, Director of W3C and inventor of the World Wide Web, that says, “The power of the web is in its universality”. As people who make a living by making websites, it’s our responsibility to ensure everyone has access to them.
Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says “I’m a designer,” it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of different responsibilities encompassed by the umbrella term designer.
Imagine a website with a beautiful, enticing, full-screen image, where a transparent button leads to pages of well constructed, adaptive content. The navigation functions perfectly across devices, switching from a horizontal to a mobile menu at just the right times.
This article was originally posted to Feltpresence.com in March 2013. People mix the terms UI and UX together. UX is tricky because it doesn’t refer to any one thing. Interface design, visual styling, code performance, uptime, and feature set all contribute to the user’s “experience.
Not too long ago, Google introduced Material Design, a brand new set of guidelines for designers and developers alike. Material Design introduces a fresh perspective on user interfaces, motion, and interaction states, and are a great foundation for you to build a product upon.
Everyone’s heard about how hard Apple worked to keep the original iPhone a secret. Last year, Fast Co Design wrote a great look into Apple’s paranoia about someone leaking the device before the big unveil:
The design team sits down to share the first round of mockups for a new client’s application. As the team members present their ideas, it becomes clear that everyone has distinctly different ideas about what the app is and how it should function.
I will talk about a few interaction design concepts and best practices that when applied will result in the creation of great UIs. What is a good user interface? As you read through the following ideas, you will see two reoccurring themes: Ease of use and simplicity.
In a few rare instances, we find that it is acceptable to override the standard UI components provided natively by browsers and instead implement custom UI components. During our usability tests, we generally find the default native UI components to be very user-friendly.
Gestural user interfaces may be the future, but we’re not quite comfortable with them yet—as users or designers. Their tactile simplicity makes them efficient once you get the hang of them, but their affordance-less, "pictures under glass" nature can make them inscrutable to first-time users.
In their rush to build more features into their electronic devices, companies often lose sight of a key ingredient: basic usability.
We live in a world of data of different types. While mining the data a person might face with lots of troubles. The biggest one is poorly designed, overloaded with information dashboards that make it impossible to find needed data out there.
Just like learning to code, the best way to improve as a designer is to learn by doing. Still, that’s not to say that admiring and even copying (aka practicing) great work can’t do wonders.
Even long-term users of a computer system usually know and use only a tiny fraction of its available commands and features. If the design has good usability, people learn a core set of features fairly easily during their early days of system use. And then they stagnate and don't get much better.
Style guide driven development offers a hugely flexible approach to modern web design. In this tutorial I'll walk you through designing a UI (user interface) kit, whilst also explaining the decision-making that will keep our UI kit consistent and reusable.
Originally published as: Gentner, D., and Nielsen, J.: The Anti-Mac interface, 39, 8 (August 1996), 70–82.
In this article, Chris Bank of UXPin – The UX Design App details many of the best UI design patterns that have cropped up in modern web sites and mobile apps recently, and examples of how they’re used in popular web and mobile products.
High-quality usability has been the center of discussions in the industry in the past ten years, as it becomes more and more important for users. Good usability can also help build brand awareness and can generally improve a user’s opinion of a website and even a company.
As a UI designer, I do my best work within the bounds of a clear hierarchy of constraints. Because typography is the catalyst for my design work, the most important step I take at the beginning of a project is to select a typeface (or a set of them).
Clear, Rise and Solar are three examples of a trend of “gesture driven” apps with a flat UI. These are novelty apps for people lusting for the very latest in app design. Besides using a more flat UI style, which is a topic for a different discussion, all apps contain non-standard interactions.
UX has become a neologism. When something has “good UX” it is an implied meaning of having the core components of UX (research, maybe a persona, IA, interaction, interface, etc etc…). It’s not really necessary or desirable to tack the word design onto the end anymore.
Without motion, there cannot be interaction. When you close a tab, it disappears from the screen: at this basic level, motion provides immediate feedback (which is crucial since vision is our dominant sense), but at a more advanced level, motion adds a layer of humanity and realism.
If you’re a UI designer or product designer and you haven’t heard of Sketch yet, then you must not be on Twitter, or reading industry blogs much. In all seriousness, Sketch is fast becoming the go-to app for user interface design on Mac. You can try Sketch for free before you buy it.
Interaction design is a very common term today, but many designers and developers still don’t know what exactly it means. Today we are going over some different aspects than the ones you are used to: we will jump into user interface and principles for designing great interaction on your website.
On/off, left/right, up/down, start/stop the list goes on and on. We are naturally used to make these action based decisions on a daily basis. Presently, applications are used like a second nature and are mostly dictated by user interface.
UI and UX are two popular buzzwords that have been around for many years. They’re also two of the most important buzzwords to WordPress web designers and developers.
Usability isn’t something you just can cook up in any one phase of design, but must be developed and refined throughout the entire process. If you want the best end product, you have to anticipate real user scenarios from the prototyping phase.
Pointing and clicking? That seems like an awful lot of work … The ease and functionality of mobile devices is shifting the way we think about interactivity.
At our startup, Typeform, we have just shifted our entire web/UI design process from Photoshop and Fireworks over to Sketch. Based on our collective first-hand experiences, we’d like to discuss some of the app’s features that help us get our design work done more efficiently.
Working on a large project often requires you to design wireframes to communicate complex ideas before spending countless hours polishing. There are many tools for wireframing ranging from the simplistic Balsamiq to the highly collaborative Axure, which costs a fortune.
Why aren’t fanny packs more popular? In terms of function, they’re incredibly useful — they have enough room to hold all your everyday items, and their location on the body is perfect for quick and convenient access, not to mention weight distribution that allows you to forget you’re carryi
Excellent UX and UI design can take a product story to a whole new level. But bad communication can get in the way for both clients and designers. When the UX/UI design process is successful, the result is a fluid product that creates a simple, enlightening experience for the user.
Back in December, I lamented the lack of social interaction and collaboration that is inherent in the design tools that we use everyday. In contrast to our toolset we use to make our apps, designing together on Photoshop, Sketch, Affinity or whatever else you’re using, is essentially impossible.
One of the greatest books for User Interface designers is called, not a surprise, Designing Interfaces and it was written by Jenifer Tidwell. In the first chapter, Jenifer describes 14 behavioral patterns to improve your design.
For many, UI design patterns can be difficult to implement correctly since the concept is so simple: collections of patterns that are aesthetically pleasing and functional. But if you treat them as just patterns, your sites can start to feel cookie cutter.
iOS 7 has brought with it an array of changes in the realm of Graphic UI in introducing things like: borderless buttons, a full screen layout for better viewing of controllers, translucent bar not to mention the changes made to the grid system and other dimensions of its icons.
Micro interactions are the latest (possible biggest) UX trend to be recorded so far, thus critical for modern design which can’t go without them anymore.
“Less is more” is one of the most important minimalistic design principles every designer learns: you read about it a lot, you know it’s really important, but still you might get it all wrong. The important thing is to come around, learn from it, and evolve. And so we did.
This collection presents 38 handy and useful smartphone and web UI kits and wireframe templates for you. These UI kits and wireframe templates can be downloaded for free of cost, and can be used to create user friendly user interfaces for web as well as mobile platforms.
One of the top 10 usability heuristics advises to promote recognition over recall in user-interface design. What are recognition and recall and why is recognition better than recall? Psychologists like to make the distinction between two types of memory retrieval: recognition versus recall.
For three decades, most of us have interacted with computers in exactly the same way: We point with a mouse (or a finger!), click, and watch the screen. In one way, it's the most outdated element of human computer interaction around.
As the world anticipates the launch of the Apple Watch line of wearables in 2015, developers have begun familiarizing themselves with the WatchKit SDK and XCode WatchKit Simulator.
Parham Aarabi teaches a graduate course on Advanced Mobile User Interfaces and is the CEO of ModiFace. When conceptualizing your mobile app’s user interface, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.
Many people who don’t design and develop user interfaces may have heard little or nothing about the design app called Sketch 3. However, Sketch is a popular and powerful software that enables designers to have in a tool the exact features they need and nothing more.
In the simplest of explanations, Google developed Material Design to unify the experiences users have across various Google platforms. Additionally, this unification is to bring improved overall experience a user has with technology by making the interaction easier, simpler and more intuitive.
Upcoming SlideShare Loading in …5 × Designing better user interfaces Designing better user interfaces Fronteers, Rotterdam, February 15th, 2012 I would like to give some context to thispresentation. These slides are from a 35 minutepresentation called Designing better userinterfaces.
Chris Bank of UXPin — the wireframing & prototyping app — compares and contrasts web UI and UX, explains why we sometimes default to building a UI, and how UI shapes UX. For analysis of examples from over 33 companies, feel free to check out Web UI Best Practices.
We’ve pulled together the biggest list of free ux ebooks on the internet that will help you to design a better user experience / ux, conduct better user research and improve your usability. You won’t find a list this extensive anywhere else.
If you’re looking at the dictionary definitions, contrast and similarity seem like complete opposites with little in common. But in web design, they’re two sides of the same coin.