Re: How to become a UI design expert? Fast!

Subject: Re: How to become a UI design expert? Fast!
From: jennysubs -at- mac -dot- com
To: Leisa Ashbaugh <leisa -dot- ashbaugh -at- aisystems -dot- org>
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 15:26:18 -0700

A lot of the resources listed so far are for usability, which is quite
different than interaction design or UI design.

I'd start with the Apple Human Interface Guidelines. It explains the
process of design as well as offering guidelines for using specific
screen elements.

http://developer.apple.com/mac/library/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/AppleHIGuidelines/XHIGIntro/XHIGIntro.html

If you can get the company to spring for a graphic designer to do
icons and logos, that will put some polish on your design.

Read up on paper prototyping. You can learn a lot that way and it
doesn't cost much.

http://www.paperprototyping.com/

Find applications that you like and copy elements from them.

And my final bit of advice...I often run into engineers who say "Well,
that's the way Microsoft does it, so it must be right." I try to
avoid using Microsoft as an example for anything.

Jenny


On Sep 29, 2009, at 2:14 PM, Leisa Ashbaugh wrote:

> HI -
>
>
>
> I could really use some help, and I'm willing to bet that I am not the
> first among this group to face this problem.
>
>
>
> I work for a start-up software company. We have a brilliant new
> approach
> to airline enterprise resource management (scheduling, revenue
> management and the like). We have a lot of gifted software developers
> working on the 'magic algorithms' that make our software unrivaled by
> competitors. What we don't have is any UI design staff, or the
> budget to
> hire some.
>
>
>
> So....(you can guess where I am going here)...that leaves me as the
> one
> person solely focused on the user experience in UI design. Don't get
> me
> wrong, the devs are all capable and conscientious, they are just have
> their expertise and focus in other areas - as they should.
>
>
>
> I am looking for resources that can help take me beyond my current
> view
> of UI design - which comes from the 'after it's done and I have to
> document it' 'why didn't they do X, Y or Z?' perspective - to a more
> informed 'design from scratch' approach. I would like to able to give
> informed, well-researched onions and answer questions like: what's our
> metaphor? Should we use menu items, buttons or both? Why or why not?
> What about tabs? Rather than defaulting to the "good
> design....ah....I
> know it when I see it" position.
>
>
>
> Sure - I'd love to take the fantastic User-centered Design Certificate
> Program offered at our esteemed UW, but we need to deliver this
> thing in
> 2 months. Yikes.
>
>
>
> I am doing my own Google searching and such, but would greatly
> appreciate experienced suggestions.
>
>
>
> Many Thanks,
>
>
>
> Leisa Ashbaugh
>
> Technical Writer | 425-284-7129
>
> Airline Intelligence Systems | 3500 Carillon Point - Kirkland, WA
> 98033
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>
>
> When something can be read without great effort, great effort went
> into
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>
> ~ Enrique Jardiel Poncela
>
>
>
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http://www.doctohelp.com/SuperPages/Webcasts/

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