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User Interface Design: Tips and Techniques (Ambler). To the user, the interface IS the system A good user interface allows people who understand the problem domain to work with the application without having to read the manuals or receive training – [Constantine 1995]

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user interface design tips and techniques ambler
User Interface Design: Tips and Techniques (Ambler)
  • To the user, the interface IS the system
  • A good user interface allows people who understand the problem domain to work with the application without having to read the manuals or receive training – [Constantine 1995]
  • Don’t underestimate the value of user interface design
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User Interface Design: Tips and Techniques (Ambler)
  • Early continual focus on user
  • Consistency
    • accurate mental model
  • (the look) Do NOT get TOO FANCY
  • (the feel) Navigation is important

Get somebody who knows what they are doing!

some specific tips
Some specific tips
  • use progressive disclosure
  • use mouse pointer as clue
  • all actions should have a response
  • if something takes awhile, show progress
  • broad menus better than deep menus
  • avoid cute, humorous messages
prototyping
Prototyping
  • Determine the needs of your users
    • i.e. gather requirements
  • Build the prototype
    • do not invest in coding yet
  • Evaluate the prototype
    • what’s good
    • what’s bad
    • what’s missing
  • Determine if you’re finished yet
prototyping tools
Prototyping Tools?
  • Visual Basic
  • Java Swing
  • Macromedia Director
  • HTML
  • Pencil and paper

For presentation …

VB, Browser, Powerpoint …