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What is User Interface Design and Development?
Before we start talking about the development of a graphical user interface, let's clarify just in case what it is.
Interface - a common border between two functional objects, the requirements for which are determined by the standard; a set of tools, methods and rules of interaction (management, control, etc.) between the elements of the system.
This is an exact, but boring definition.
In other words, and more interesting: the user interface (UI) is the way you perform a task with a product, namely the actions you perform and what you get in response.
In everyday life, we constantly face interfaces. These are social networking sites, the controls in the car, and the remote control for the TV, and the voice control of the smart home, and the button bar in the elevator.
So we use one product to manage another product. But let's not list all the phenomena in our life, but talk directly about web services and applications and how to make them user-friendly
Why do we need UI?
We figured out what the user interface is, but it is not yet clear how much we need it and whether it is worth spending money on its development and design. Therefore, for a moment, let’s back to the elevators.
The elevator is convenient. It allows you to reach the upper floors with a minimum of time and physical input. But what would be the use of it if we could not easily open it, choose a floor and, if necessary, stop ahead of time? All of the above is feasible, but in what way? Will the lever control allow the passenger to make the necessary actions or will it be more reasonable to use the button control? Here an important point appears: which elevator control interface to choose.
Modern web services and systems radically change the work of people. There are, for example, control systems of theatrical mechanisms that simplify work with electronic equipment, depriving them of the need to be permanently with the equipment. But it is unlikely that the work will be simplified if such systems have too complex interface.
It turns out that professional user interface design not only solves our problem of interaction with the application, but also makes this interaction as convenient as possible. It is important for us to have an interface that allows, with a smaller amount of effort, to become familiar with the capabilities of the application and understand the principles of working with it.
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So that we have no problems with using any application, smart people visualize its functionality in the form of understandable elements, and behind this visualization lies the whole layer of UX / UI-design.
The line between UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) is very thin, but if you look at it, it becomes clear that UX helps to understand the user. In UX-design, there is more of a psychological aspect than a technological one. UX examines the user: how the user lives, what he thinks, how and what he does and what surrounds him. The visual designer is given the task of helping an ordinary person easily deal with his/her software product and at the same time get satisfaction from working with it.
And to understand the user is very important. No one wants to fill out twenty form fields for registering on the site or flick through fifteen tabs before getting to the desired function. The user should not be forced to interact with the program for longer than is absolutely necessary to solve a particular problem.
This is a real problem that the designer must solve, and we will take a closer look at the stages of solving this problem.
Create UI mockup
UI style selection
In any web service or application, the design helps the user to solve his immediate problem, so non-standard chips and bright colors fade into the background.
For a more visual demonstration of the application to investors and potential users can engage in the development of an interactive prototype. Although it is worth noting that this is not an obligatory stage, since the mockup + user flow diagram is quite a prototype describing the future product from the UX point of view. However, an interactive prototype will give a more complete picture of both the capabilities of the application and the scope of work for their implementation.
Prototype variants depend only on your time resources and on the level of desired quality. This may be a test bench on which the operator manually performs changes in the application state depending on the user's choice, or it may already be a software implementation that can be run on a smartphone or in a browser, click through all screens, evaluate the logic of the product.
At this point, we should have the technical assignment, which contains all the information we worked with at the stage of prototyping and design. Having a ready-made design and technical task, we begin to develop the application.
Good user interface design reduces design time and simplifies user interaction with the product. Well designed UI = thankful user = happy you.
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