How to create an intuitive user interface


How to create an intuitive user interface

An interface is a way for a user to communicate with a product, service, or computer. It is a method of making a complicated system user-friendly by simplifying it. Interfaces are ubiquitous in today's modern digital services and organisations. We use voice assistants, applications, and webpages daily, all of which need an interface for us to use them. Today we are sharing some tips on how to create an intuitive user interface.

Tips for designing an intuitive user interface

When it comes to designing an intuitive user interface (UI), there are a few aspects to be considered.

1. Know the goals

  • Business objectives
  • User objectives

2. Visual priorities and hierarchy 

Based on the visuals, create hierarchy and priority by understanding the information and actions that will be included in the design, together with the goal and the flow.

3. Use Gestalt principles

Gestalt principles, also known as Gestalt laws of perceptual organization, describe how we experience perceptual phenomena. It is based on the idea that the human brain will attempt to simplify and organise complex images or designs that consist of many elements, by subconsciously arranging the parts into an organised system of patterns and similarities. 

Some basic Gestalt principles include:

  • Figure Ground
  • Proximity
  • Similarity
  • Continuity
  • Common Region
  • Closure
  • Focal Point

The above principles enable the user to discover and experience the regularity of random patterns.

4. Heuristic evaluation

Heuristic evaluation is a theory to measure the usability of user interfaces, developed by Jacob Nielsen and Rolf Molich in 1990 which consists of 10 basic principles:

  1. Visibility of system status
  2. Match between the system and the real world
  3. User control and freedom
  4. Consistency and standards
  5. Error prevention
  6. Recognition rather than recall
  7. Flexibility and efficiency of use
  8. Aesthetic and minimalist design
  9. Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors
  10. Help and documentation

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