User interface (UI) designing is all about predicting what users may need and making sure that the interface is easy to use and understand. User interface designing consists of information architecture and visual and interaction design. At Web G Solutions we have over the years become familiar with some basic interface elements and therefore it is necessary that the designing of the interface should be in a manner that is consistent and conventional, especially in terms of the layout so that the users do not find it difficult to interact with the interface.
Basic interface elements are:
- Input directs: We use elements like drop down lists, buttons, date fields, page numbers etc.
- Navigation elements: search box, sliders, tags, icons
- Information elements: progress bars, modal windows, notifications
Many times we use multiple elements to showcase certain types of content but in these situations it is vital that our designer should pre-consider the trade offs. While several elements may help save on space they end up putting an extra mental load on our designer as having several elements on one page confuses them because they have to force guess what is held within those elements.
Best Practices for User Interface Designing Process
The best way to design a good user interface is by knowing who your users are, what their needs are and what sort of skill sets they have, what they prefer and what their tendencies are. Once complete information has been collected about our customers, we group the following considerations as a must:
- Maintaining a simple interface: Examples of best interfaces are those that are simple and are invisible in the sense that they have few elements and are clear in their usage of labels and messages.
- Maintaining consistency and usage of common elements in UI: When there are common elements in the UI, here at Web G Solutions we use it more easily and are comfortable and therefore work more efficiently. It is important the user interface design has common patterns in layouts, languages and designs so that once we have learnt how to do something we are able to repeat that in other parts of the site as well.
- Having a purposeful layout: It is vital that the designer be aware of and considers the spatial connections between various page elements and therefore structure the page according to the importance of these elements. We take special care of this as structured layouts can help with better readability.
- Use color and texture strategically: the advantage to using colour and texture is that we can either direct attention to or away from certain elements on the page.
- Usage of typography for hierarchy: Fonts sizes and arrangement of these are crucial in increasing readability and scan ability of a page.
- Communicative system: Our very skilled designers make sure that the user interface designing encompasses dynamism in the page so that we are regularly informed of errors or changes or locations.