KISS design principle

11 11 2008

For a UI design to be successful, one of the most important aspect is – it should be simple. Follow the “Keep It Simple, Stupid” principles. However, this is easy said than done. While designing a UI we often get carried away with adding more and more features/functionalities and confuse the user.┬áIn case a user recognises a feature already. Being too creative on the designer’s part does not really help, as the user will not be interested in wasting time on things he/she already knows. Being consistent with already established standards helps the user to understand the UI much faster. Ofcourse, it has to be visually appealing, content clearly readable, navigable, and attract the user.

I came across following articles that elaborate on KISS design philosophy..

http://www.digital-web.com/articles/keep_it_simple_stupid/

and techniques..

http://www.sueblimely.com/blog-design-25-kiss-techniques/

And checkout some websites judged based on the KISS principles..

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/03/26/keep-it-simple-stupid-showcase-of-simple-and-clean-designs/

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Importance of good UI design

1 11 2008

Q. How important is UI design in application development?
A. Well, for a lay user, the UI is all that there is to an application. He doesn’t care whether there is a 1000 lines of complex code running behind the scenes.

UI design of an application makes or breaks the success of an application. If the user doesn’t like it, no matter how good and robust the code is, it will not be used. So, a UI has to be easy to learn, easy to use, intuitive, attractive, clean, and consistent. I came across a very good article on UI design tips, techniques, and principles. Read on…

http://www.ambysoft.com/essays/userInterfaceDesign.html