UI stands for user interface design.
A UI professional should be worried about how the design will communicate with the user, those skills are applicable in all devices with a screen and some interactivity could be a mobile phone or a cooker with a digital board.
Graphic design, typography, colours psychology represent skills that a UI designer should have as a background.
What are the processes?
The UI designer will start getting hands dirty after the UX designer comes out with extensive research, personas, and prototypes, those materials will provide a firm base for the UI professional to work.
1 – Research what the market is producing.
2 – Gather all functions that the project may require.
3 – Find some key issues in your direct competitors’ projects and try to properly sort them out in your designs.
4 – Usability inspection — Over here is time to evaluate prototypes by comprehending how users will accomplish tasks with the system.
5 – Start to develop the screens by applying good communication, in addition, a straightforward design. By doing it the users will accept your idea easily.
6 – Usability Testing — Before launching the product, you must test it with real users, sometimes rewarding them to do it, collect constructive feedback and improve your design.
7- Maintenance — It is extremely rare to have a project which does not require at least a simple update from time to time in view of the fact the users’ behaviour could change, competitors could produce something better, software bugs might happen, hardware will evolve and opening doors for new features.
What are the necessary requirements that UI asks for?
1 – Good communication through design.
2 – Graphic design skills I would say are mandatory.
3 – A fantastic understanding of the public necessities.
4 – An extraordinary discernment among the beautiful, useful and communicable.
5 – Being able to handle bad feedback from users.
Normal UI mistakes
1 – Lacks of contrast
We should be cautious about creating a good contrast between the background and the content.
2 – Not responsive design
In these times we must develop responsive designs because we never know from which device our user is using.
3 – Plagiarism
Please don’t confuse getting references with copy, and plagiarism is a crime, in addition, could ruin your career.
4 – Not keeping consistency
Your design should keep consistent to prevent your user from getting confused. You can invariably change some information, however, you need to maintain the same structure.
5 – Hard interactivity
Let’s picture a possible scenario where you created a form to collect users’ data so it is a significant interaction, although if your form is unorganized the user will be confused as well as will include incorrect information or close your app and look for your competitors, moreover you should keep coherence.
For example, if you have name and surname fields, strategically place them together.
Coming to an end, we can properly say UI gives life to UX architecture as well as creating communication with the user through a screen because we can not forget we are always creating for humans, not machines.
Wrote by: Rafael de Rezende Basso