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User Interface Design

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wilson chen

on 29 November 2013

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Transcript of User Interface Design

Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.
-Steve Jobs

User Interface Design
What is User Interface Design?
What types of career paths are offered in this field?
What types of jobs/companies/industries?
Are there any unique skills needed to be successful in this field?

Ideal Career Trajectory
Unique skills

Final Haiku
What is it?
Design of products that focuses on user experience and interactions

A program has no function if the user is unable to interact with it
The input/output dimension (the look)

The dialogue dimension (the feel)

The technical or functional dimension (the access to tools and services)

The organizational dimension (the communication and co-operation support)
Structure of User Interface
The difference between good hardware and great hardware is interface design
Four Dimension Structure
Software is vital
But it needs a good UI
to be effective

Hardware is vital
But it needs a great design
Or it will not work

"A good designer may not have all the answers, but he knows which questions to ask."
-Rudy Duke
"Because every person knows what he likes, every person thinks he is an expert on user interfaces."
-Paul Heckel
Mobile Applications
Video Games
Operating Systems
Desktop Applications
Wide range of jobs that involve design of how users interact with everything
"Do not seek to change what has come before. Seek to create that which has not."
-David Airey
Color Theory
Intimate understanding of the human psyche
Family Flow Chart (FFC)
Grandmaster of Design
Design Novice
Design Journeyman
Tommy lost in the vast world of design. Hopeless to create anything of real value. Struggling on his ascent to total design mastery.
Computer Science Student. Height 5' 11". Weight 130 lbs.
50 HP
Computer Science/Cognitive & Brain Studies Student. Height 6' 0". Weight 150 lbs.
The once unknown designer has gained some skills and experience. He has begun to prove himself through internships and projects. However, he has much to learn if he is to make a large impact.
80 HP
Designer at Motorola. Height 6' 1". Weight 200 lbs.
140 HP
He has conquered design realms far and wide. He has proven his skills time and time again through many jobs; and he has attained the level of Grandmaster.
The Grandmaster of Design spreading his infinite wisdom through the television screen.
One of the Design Journeyman's many waypoints on his campaign to design greatness.
(no pun intended)
Different Types of User Interface
Steve Jobs, a great man
Like a bright star in the dark
Taught me how to dream
Desktop Computers
The quintessential example of design progression is the desktop computer.
Mobile Technology
Phenomenal design
leads to success
Intuitive Design
The design of ATMs make them incredibly easy to use.
Efficiency of Design
A design needs to be
functional, such as
an application that lets
users manage their bank
Esoteric design can allow a small number of people to manage large quantities of information.
Special thanks to the Jenkins family
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