Good GUI notes…(mainly for my record!)

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a lovely GUI (graphical user interface)

Things for me to remember and consider for when designing a good GUI:

  • group elements together
  • think of primary and secondary actions
  • HIERARCHY!
  • The 80/20 % rule (normally only 20% of a UI is used)
  • Affordances: Physical and digital constraints
  • Use familiar symbols (think of desktop metaphor)
  • KEEP CONSISTENT!
  • Scaleability and flexability
  • The user must feel comfortable:you need a clear sense of ‘home’, always allow undo, always make an easy way out, progress bars
  • The interface and task always belong to the USER!
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