Hey guys I’m back. School has kicked up again and I am in the writing zone again lol. I apologize for the wait. My first post after a few months will be about something I’ve been meaning to write about for some time now…. and that -thing is interface design.
As you may have realized by now, I take pride in the idea of simplicity and minimalism (when done correctly). The way we interact with our enviornment is largely predicated upon the tools placed in front of us. And because we’re smart human beings, we’ve created mediums between us and our tools. They’re called directions, signs, brochures, menus ect… And these mediums have advanced in ways that make it easier for people to get the things they want to do done faster.
In the world of computing, we call such mediums “user interfaces”. Its what you see when you turn on your phone or computer. A user interface is medium between your eyes/brain and the CPU/computer brain. Its the ultimately simplification… meaning that all the complexity that goes into computation is simplified all the way down to the UI, so that normal people like you and I can do things that are technically advanced without much effort or intelligence.
Yeah, so what makes good UI? Well the obvious answer would be anything that maximizes simplicity and increases the speed at which someone can get a task done. Right? Well yes, but that is a really broad goal, and so the ways in which a UI designer can achieve these goals are sort-of subjective. Because although design is very user focused and very data driven, a designer still has his other foot in the world of art and personal expression. And so this is the beautiful dynamic that sprouts out of the world of computing. This is why we would call one operating system beautiful and another boring even though they both are just as effective as each other.
A great designer doesn’t just maximize productive efficiency in their design, a great designer does so in a beautiful package… so that its not just a system you use when you need it, but you find time to use it because you love it. That is great design. And in my personal, unsupported, and completely subjective opinion, minimalism is the best design language to achieve near perfect UI and UX (user experience) design. I will dive deeper into my thoughts on UI and UX later on, but for now I thought it would be nice to drop a collage on you guys of some of my favorite UI designs I’ve collected over the past few months…. ENJOY 🙂