Designing User Interface

March 18, 2010

Designing human-computer interaction (HCI) platforms for internet websites, mobile technology, and stand alone systems. Common features, themes, and tools in good user interfaces include:

  • Drop-down menus
  • Main viewing windows
  • Consistent color schemes
  • Easily accessible buttons
  • Readily available help files
  • Intuitive control schemes
  • Helpful and verbose error messages

There are other features that can be incorporated in good user interfaces, but these are the most common. User interfaces, above all, should be easy to use and intuitive for novices and experts alike, and should allow them to focus on using the program, not figuring out how to use the program.

About ladstudio

Lynn A. Dombrowski, Ed.D, the president and CEO of LAD Studio LLC brings years of expertise as a training consultant, instructional designer and multimedia course developer. She holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Technology Education specializing in Communication and Information Systems (CAIS) from West Virginia University with emphasis in the study of visual, acoustical, telecommunications and computer systems, including the analysis of information transfer and the social impact. Dr. Dombrowski holds a Master of Science (MS) in Instructional Technologies from Bloomsburg University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design from WVU. She has developed training programs for Fortune 500, non-profit, and small businesses. Dr. Dombrowski and her team have over 15 years of experience managing various types of projects from curriculum development and training workshops to large multimedia development projects. LAD Studio’s work experience comes from being Project Manager at Advanced Engineering and Research Associate (AERA) designing technical training programs for the government sector and an Instructional Designer at Unisys Corporation specializing in sales training, product development and delivery of instructor-led workshops. Dr. Dombrowski served as Assistant Director of Training at the National White Collar Crime Center training state and local law enforcement on financial crime investigation. More recently, Dr. Dombrowski was a small business consultant at the Department of Energy NETL and currently works as a Documentation & Training Lead and Scrum Master at Leidos.

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