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The Complete Guide to User Interfaces

User Interface ScreenshotAt their heart, computers are not very user friendly devices; they are complicated pieces of technology that are understood by a very small number of people. One of the reasons why PCs are so popular is because of the user interfaces that have been developed to make computers easy to use.

Operating systems like Windows and the MacOS go to great lengths to hide the complexity of the underlying hardware from the end user with interfaces that are natural to use and easy to understand. Web browsers provide a convenient interface to the internet, while games consoles provide user interfaces that can be used with a handheld controller on a low resolution television set.

This guide will provide an introduction to the concept of a user interface, and provides some tips on what makes a good user interface.

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