User Interface (UI) has two parts: technological and aesthetic. The technological half is the logic and scientific method used to make not just a program work, but to ensure that users find access to the program simple to navigate. The aesthetic half provides users with an interface that is attractive visually and draws the user into the software program the way a good movie draws an audience into the story.
In some ways, getting the UI technological aspect is simpler. The program either works or it doesn’t. The aesthetic aspect is responsible for making the experience pleasant and to bring the user back to the program for additional sales or whatever the end goal may be.
Since the primary way users interface with their devices and software programs is visual, the emphasis must be on visual cues. When it comes to designing the visual cues of the aesthetic portion of the interface, color is the first thing to consider.
The correct use of color, as well as shading and contrast, will enhance any software product. Certain colors are associated with situations or positions and can influence accordingly. For example, purple has been a color reserved for royalty in many cultures. The right use of it can bring out a sense of importance to the user.
All color within the aesthetic portion of the interface must be coordinated and consistent within the program. This not only serves the purpose of supporting the UI, but a consistent use of color can also help to ‘brand’ the experience, pushing the company name and logo without jarring the user out of the experience of using their product.
In this article you will see colorful UI designs from mobile apps or mobile app designs that haven’t made the cut yet.
Usability testing is the best method there is for identifying issues with a new design for a digital service, a product or a website. This form of testing allows a technical team to see exactly how effective a newly designed application, service or digital product will be when a customer or a website visitor is using it.
Web designers, however skilled they are, need to do some usability testing if they want the user interface to work effectively. Testing allows them to evaluate the design of the interface so they can be sure that it will be possible for every user to understand what to do.
This is a far more valuable technique than any form of testing that is set up without actually involving a real live person to provide answers about the usability of a new interface.
Usability testing allows a designer and a developer to sit in a room with the website owner or product retailer, and watch while a real live person is trying to figure out how to do something on a newly designed interface. The designer obviously knows how to do it, but when more than one user is unable to see what it is they need to do, then there is an obvious design fault that has to be dealt with.
During usability testing, a real person is using the interface in front of a designer and a developer. The user might be focusing on something they are having difficulty with, and is unable to make the newly designed interface to perform a particular task.
The reasons are many as to why people choose to freelance. Sometimes, it is literally out of necessity, in some cases to go along with a person’s schedule and when they are free to accept jobs. Other times, it can be for other reasons, and some of these other reasons can range greatly one from the other.
Another reason that people go freelance is for extra work and extra money. Why not take advantage of your various skills and use them for profit? It is something that does make perfect sense in all the right ways. Going freelance is freedom to choose the career that fits you the best.
There are others though, who do tend to, take a more calculated step into the world of freelancing. Why is this? The answer is maybe he or she becomes thoroughly tired of the corporate world or maybe they were born to do freelance. Whatever the answer is.
The code demos and experiments that you see now on Codepen and you say that are outrageous and nobody will use them are the ones that will be used in the near future in a lot of web projects.
These may be interesting showcases of the outer limits of what you can achieve with CSS and you may think that these can be made only by top web designers, but the truth is that they are all made of code, code that you can learn and that you can replicate, modify and create new things that can look even better.
In this article I featured some of these impressive CSS demos and experiments and the code snippets behind them so that other designers can learn and adopt them in their projects or prepare for what is modern right now and what will be common sense in the world of web design in a year or maybe two.
Enjoy these beautiful and intriguing demos and experiments, and even if some of them work only in Chrome, take a look at them and remember the techniques used cause there won’t be much longer until the other browsers accept the technologies behind these code effects.
Since November when Android Lollipop was released, Google’s Material Design has created waves among the members of our design community. Many have created app designs since then and a lot of them have made really good ones. Not that it would be a surprise.
Almost every top designer wants to use this design language from Google because it looks good, it enhances usability and also because it’s a challenge due to its comprehensive documentation based on a rich set of design styles and principles.
While some may say Google’s Material Design still has room for improvement, this style is something that will not be just a trend; it will stay for a while due to its usability principles that it is based on and not just pretty aesthetics.
Material Design, which was at some point codenamed quantum paper, is a design with increased use of grid-based layouts, responsive animations and transitions, padding, and depth effects such as lighting and shadows. Unlike real paper, the digital material can expand and reform intelligently. Material has physical surfaces and edges. Seams and shadows provide meaning about what you can touch.
I made this inspirational article for you to see how beautiful and smart Material Design can be. You’ll see examples of this interesting design style as you scroll this article. Enjoy!