What is User Interface?

In Information Technology, User Interface is defined as the design how a person interacts with an information device or gadget. User Interface is mainly focused on enhancing the usability to provide amazing user-experience. It is a way how a user interacts with an application or a website. User Interface design is closely related to the User Experience design, as both are focused on providing the user a satisfactory experience while improving the usability and accessibility of the product or services offered by the organization.

So, how one can define a good User Interface? Well, there are certain points which should be followed by User Interface designers to build an efficient and effective User-Interface design. So, let’s have a brief look at some of the important aspects which should be considered by UI designers while designing a user-interface:

1. Understand The User Requirements:

While developing a mobile application or a website, it is really important to have an interactive design. So, the first and foremost thing one should do is to understand the user’s requirement. When a developer understands the user’s requirements, he will accordingly create an interface that allows the user to effectively access the business’s functionalities.

Moreover, while creating a user-centered interface, it is really important to know the user base and the functionalities a business is going to provide the user. Few more things to know are the kind of services a business will be going to offer and how a business will be going to interact with the users.

2. Design Simple And Clear:

Always keep this in mind that a simple and user-friendly design always attracts customer the most. Users get uncomfortable when they are not able to control the things or the environment. The business needs to focus on users and the way they are going to interact with application or website. Not everyone is tech savvy, so the User Interface designer needs to have a clear understanding of all the happenings once a user starts engaging with the app. Sometimes, even the best interfaces go unnoticed because of their lack of usability and accessibility, whereas a simple can clean design can win hundreds of hearts with its easily approachable functionalities.

3. Be Consistent:
Consistency plays a big role in user-interface design. To make consistent users, the business also need to be consistent on how they look and feel, i.e. system’s user-interface. And, its not only look and feel, its also about how the actions are performed along with the desired results. For similar actions, the business needs to respond in a consistent manner.

Consistency makes the site easily approachable and accessible even for the non-technical users. The consistent behaviour of an app or website makes the user feel comfortable and allows new users to get more interactive while accessing the app or website.

4. Strong Visual Hierarchies:

A strong visual hierarchy can be achieved when the user is having a clear view of the visual elements on the screen. For example, performing the same actions in the similar order every time the user visits the app or website. Make the user perform one primary action on one screen. The primary actions can be followed by multiple secondary actions, but make sure that they need to be kept secondary. It is not difficult to achieve strong visual hierarchy, its just that the designer should have clear understanding of what the user is seeking for.

Keep primary actions primary by providing a strong visual hierarchy and make the secondary action a bit lighter weight visual when compared to the primary action. The secondary action will be shown to the user after the primary has been performed.

5. Be Interactive With The Design:

User Interface is here to enable the interaction between the user and the application or website. Try to keep users engaged by creating more opportunities that help in drawing their attention. A genuine interaction with the user will also help a business in generating leads. Start interacting with the user from the very first page. It could be any important information or direction towards the action to be performed on an application.

The User Interface designer needs to provide easy and navigable design to the users. Provide control over the actions performed by the users on app or website. Try to grab user’s attention, so that the user will spend more time on the website or application offered by a business. Unnecessary advertisements or continuous reminder for sharing the app or article will sometimes create huge interruption for the users. Let the user finish their primary task and then come up with the feedback or share dialog box.

Moreover, inform the users about the actions performed on the application or website, change in state, etc. It feels more interactive when a user gets a message, notification or reminder from the business or organization from which the user is connected.

Eventually, the greatest thing about user-centric interface design is that it incorporates in various disciplines. User Interface is an evolving and ever-growing thing that will assist users in interacting with the business and enterprises. The mode of interaction will perhaps keep on changing but in order to achieve the new level, UI designers can follow these above-mentioned cornerstones while building new websites or cross-platform applications.

Author's Bio: 

Ritesh Patil is the co-founder of Mobisoft Infotech that helps startups and enterprises in mobile technology. He loves technology, especially mobile technology. He’s an avid blogger and writes on mobile application. He works in a leading android development company with skilled android app developers that has developed innovative mobile applications across various fields such as Finance, Insurance, Health, Entertainment, Productivity, Social Causes, Education and many more and has bagged numerous awards for the same.