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Tips for User Interface Designers

written by: Marce•edited by: Robin L.•updated: 3/26/2010

Design a user interface that will help a web site succeed. There are four major components you should keep in mind when developing a user interface.

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    What's Important About Designing an Interface?

    As a user interface designer, you understand the necessity of creating a user interface that people can use with minimal difficulties. You want to create a web design that allows the users to get the information they need in a short time with minimal effort. To accomplish this, it is important to keep in mind some essential components when working with your interface design tools.

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    The Value of Consistency in User Interface Web Design

    Your users will become easily frustrated if they use a web site that isn't consistent. If you develop a menu with clickable options that take you to a web page, make sure if you have another menu, you make it similar to that design. If not, a user may not understand how to use the site and move on, costing the website owner profit.

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    The Power of Adaptability When Using Interface Design Tools

    When creating your web design, the user interface should be able to be adaptable. You should be able to go in, make site updates with minimal issues, and consistently provide your web site visitors the same user-friendly system.

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    Understanding Usability in a User Interface

    The first thing you need to figure out is who your users are. Knowing who will be browsing your site, will help you develop a user interface that caters to visitors' knowledge and level of web understanding. If you create a web site that is too complicated, novice users will simply move on to the next site for the information they need.

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    It's All About the Attractiveness

    One of the most important components for user interface designers to implement is attractiveness. You need to make the web site easy to use but also pleasing to the eye. Make sure the colors are not too dark or too bright, the font should be big enough, and the right color so that people do not have to strain to see the words. Add buttons that are big enough and captures a person's eye. Images are a great way to attract visitors to a web site and keep them on it to find the information they seek. Finally, don't overload a web page with too much information. It can make someone feel overwhelmed and make it hard to find what they are looking for, break things up into other web pages and keep the site looking fresh and simple.