Session: Interface Design

Successful interfaces allow you to use them easily – they should feel seamless with the device you’re accessing with, and the experience you’re having. Successful interface designers have a theoretical foundation in numerous fields, which focus on planning and delivering great user experiences, as well as a strong graphic sensibility which they use to create interfaces that are attractive and fun to interact with. In this session we cover numerous subjects on interface design.

There are many fields that have risen in the last few years, such as Experience Design, Interaction Design, Information Architecture, and User-Centered Design that form the backbone of an interface. We’ll be getting into these subjects in this session to give you a theoretical foundation and some starting points for study. We’ll also bring all this together and discuss interface design workflows of professionals and provide materials to learn Graphic User Interface (GUI) Design to get you on your way to creating professional interfaces.

Participate in This Session’s Group Project

Jump over to this Session’s creative project on Create an Application Icon or Dashboard Widget. Choose the project to participate in that best fits your skill level and interest. This session’s Beginner/Intermediate project the brief is to make an icon for applications, which is great practice for building your GUI skills.

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We also have an Advanced project where you design a widget, which is a great way to get some hands on experience with designing interfaces, as they are typically smaller apps with a tight focus. You can post your projects in the comments here and get some feedback from the community.


Download this Session’s Cover Art as a Digital Wallpaper

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Wojciech Pijecki illustrated this sessions’ cover for us. He put together numerous abstract, colorful, flowing interface elements, shown with a user interacting with them.

Discussion

  1. Great stuff, can’t wait to get working on my desktop icon.

  2. Marco Sousa says:

    Really interested on this subject, will follow this serie for sure, nice work! And also, Wojciech Pijecki did a great job on the illustration.

  3. I think this is the going to be the first session I’m going to follow. Loving the it so far, albeit just the intro’.

  4. Sid says:

    Oww … i m Late but this sound great .. :) ..

  5. Flow Graphix says:

    I jsut saw this and I am following this :D
    Can’t wait

  6. Designerfoo says:

    Yaay! Always wanted to attend a session on interface design thanks guys! ooh and how about a widget that saves ftp details, for webdevelopers and designers, I always wanted to make one? Any one think its a good idea? I am going to start on it today! :)

  7. Beautiful wallpaper!

  8. tuananh says:

    i will follow it for sure !!