User-interface Design or ‘UI’ as it is commonly know is a term not always easily defined. It’s an all-encompassing title that includes the likes of wireframing, interaction design, and visual design. Generally it focuses on the execution of high-fidelity, full colour visual design apposed to research and strategy or information architecture.
Creating effective user-interfaces
The overarching objective of the user-interface is to convey information for people to understand. Although to better understand it can be broken down into the following things:
A combination of best practice, brand influences, and UI principles should be combined to create considered user-interfaces for both websites and apps. It’s best not to jump straight into the interface design, but instead complete research and strategy, information architecture, user journey mapping, wireframing/a> and prototyping phases. Once to the stage of mutually agreed and tested wireframes, you can proceed with the user-interface design, designing all the patterns, components and elements within a website or application.
What to expect from a good user-interface Designer?
Understanding of brand
It’s also important the designer understands the wider values, image, identity and guidelines of the brand. These will influence and effect the user-interface design and user-interface designers are often best paired with a creative/brand designer or creative director.
Understanding of research, strategy and wireframing
While user-interface design is a well respected and difficult task in itself. All other research and experimental stages that lead up to the interface’s creation should heavily influence and near enough dictate the final user-interface.
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