I found an interesting and informative article written by Anastasios-User Interface Design, Getting the Basics Right. Here is the link. http://www.uxbooth.com/articles/user-interface-design-getting-the-basics-right/
As we are doing our big UR3 report, these key principles of user interface design will be very helpful. The author highlights four principles:
- Visual Chunking: give interfaces a clean and consistent structure by visually separating areas that represent inherently different functionality.
- Respect the Device: respect the idiosyncrasies of the device for which you are designing.
- Remove the clutter, not the features.
- Empathize with the user. Don’t make design decisions lightly.
By the way, I really like the Microsoft Word 2010 example and Apple Mail for OS X Lion example he used to illustrate his ideas.
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