Designing an app using UI design principle

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
UI Design

UI Design

Millions of new mobile apps develop and launch every year. Great UI design attracts users towards the app. If you do not design an eye-catchy user interface, your mobile app will be lost in the crowd of millions of apps.

As Paul Rand said, “Design is the silent Ambassador of your Brand”.

Keeping this in mind, you should design your mobile app in a way that presents your company services, culture and values. You can design better user-interface (UI), if you focus on few common design principles.

According to Constantine and Lockwood, these are the principles that helps you to improve the quality of your usage-centered design.

The Structure Principle

Your design should organize the user interface purposefully, in meaningful and useful ways. It should have clear and consistent models that are apparent and recognizable to users. It should put related things together and separate unrelated things, differentiate dissimilar things and make similar things resemble one another. The structure principle concerns overall user interface architecture.

The Simplicity Principle

Your design should make simple, common tasks easy, communicating clearly and simply in the user’s own language. It should provide good shortcuts that are meaningfully related to longer procedures.

The Visibility Principle

Your design should make all needed options and materials for a given task visible. It should not distract the user with extraneous or redundant information. Good designs don’t overwhelm users with alternatives or confuse with unneeded information.

The Feedback Principle

Your design should keep users informed of actions or interpretations, changes of state or condition, and errors or exceptions. It should provide information relevant and of interest to the user using clear, concise, and unambiguous language familiar to users.

The Tolerance Principle

Your design should be flexible and tolerant, reducing the cost of mistakes and misuse by allowing undoing and redoing. Also, it should prevent errors wherever possible by tolerating varied inputs and sequences and by interpreting all reasonable actions.

The Reuse Principle

Your design should reuse internal and external components and behaviors, maintaining consistency with purpose. Rather than only providing arbitrary consistency, it should reduce the need for users to rethink and remember.

For good UI design inspiration, check out some of the following sites:

  1. pttrns — (iOS only)
  2. androidpttrns — (Android only)
  3. lovely ui — (iOS, Android, and Windows Phone)
  4. Up labs — (web, iOS, Android)

You can also look for UI and graphic designer portfolios at sites such as Behance and Dribbble.

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