We at Ameo Technologies follow all the rules of a good UI design on every web design project.
It’s pretty easy to find a designer willing to work on any project nowadays. Finding a professional in the area of UI design who is also familiar with best practices, however, is still an uphill battle. If you want to place yourself in contention for these kinds of positions, you’ll need to remain up to date with the latest developments in the field.Knowing the best practices to follow on every interface design project puts Ameo Technologies far ahead of most candidates who simply fire off designs without taking into consideration the variety of details that go into the creation of an interface
To get things started these are some of the best practices we apply for UI design in web projects.
Understand How UI Plays Into UX
First things first – sometimes these terms are used incorrectly, and while it’s important to understand that while UI does play an important role in UX, the second discipline has a much larger scope. We at ameo technologies take into consideration such diverse factors as interaction design and architecture, the creation of clear taxonomies, copywriting, coordination with designers and programmers, and so on. It’s the overall design of an entire experience from top to bottom.In order to create a great interface, we rely on information from the user experience angle, such as identifying which problems need to be solved, how the user flow will play out, and determining key product areas and hierarchies. Ideally, serious work on the interface will begin after gaining access to all of this information, then mockups will be made, tested and approved by us and a product will be launched without (too many) hiccups.
Keeping things simple and consistent
The hallmark of a great interface is simplicity. By this we don’t mean simply sticking a button or two here and there with some animations thrown in for the hell of it – we mean easy to understand and interact with. Our users shouldn’t need a map in order to navigate through your app or website, and it’s part of our job as an interface designer to subtly guide them from where you are to where you need to go.In order to do this, we make use of several elements such as colors, typography, feedback messages, and visual hierarchies. Interfaces are also kept consistent throughout a design. This means not re-inventing the wheel on each part of our project, and reinforcing the most important facets of the design at each turn.
Implement a Visual Hierarchy
The most important elements of an interface will be highlighted in order to make users focus on them, and design provides an almost endless array of methods through which to achieve this effect.The simplest example of this technique that comes to mind would be to make an element bigger in order to turn it into a focal point (which is, incidentally, the same reason no one ignores Godzilla).By simply introducing an unexpected element into the design in a tasteful fashion can work wonders. As we’ve said before, consistency in an interface is crucial, to the point where it can border on repetition. When something breaks that visual pattern, you will sit back and take notice.
Making Good Use of Typography
Another elegant way to establish a visual hierarchy is through the use of typography. This isn’t as simple as picking a nice font and using it throughout our design, though.For starters, every font has a personality, so to speak, and our picks will be influenced by our audience. Size, of course, also plays a key component when using fonts in design. Important information such as headers are highlighted, We also make use of reverse type to make text stand out, by which we mean making use of contrasting backgrounds to make text pop out.
Use Color and Contrast Properly
Picking the right colors for any given design is a science in and of itself. Colors can be used to convey visual hierarchy, establish a relationship between elements, and generally elevate your designs and hold the attention of your users.When working on an interface, we maintain some uniformity as to which colors we’ll be using to convey visual cues, and keep our color scheme to a relative minimum (more colors aint always a good thing).That said, contrasting colors can be used to great effect in order to draw users attention.
Consider Feedback Messages
Interfaces are meant to be used – that is something that we never lose sight of during the design process. And one of the biggest advantages of web projects is that we actually design feedback messages that convey crucial information to your users when they perform an action.Is something loading? Why not use a simple animation as a feedback message to inform your users that numbers are being crunched in the background? Did someone fill a field incorrectly? Design a message to inform them right away so they know exactly what went wrong. In an ideal world, every interface would be intuitive and fast enough that these sort of things wouldn’t happen in the first place. But trust us – users will always find new and innovative ways to break your site. Providing instant feedback as to what’s going on in an intuitive manner is a great way on how interface is meant to be used.
Simplify Your Forms
Forms are one of the main methods through which users will interact with your web projects. It’s right up there with clicking and, occasionally, cursing their computers because something isn’t working properly. The problem, however, is that most users hate forms with a burning passion, thanks to any number of reasons. our task, therefore, is to integrate them into your interface as painlessly as possible to stop your users from cursing out their computers any more than necessary.In case your project does need users to sign up, we design the forms to be as simple as possible, which means users may not have enough time to get angry for having to type in the same information for the umpteenth time.