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Here's the inaugural issue of UX-Nuggets, to take you closer to the User Experience (UX) matters. UX influences the quality of eGovernance solutions, and designing better UX can help improve the usability of various products and services provided to the citizens and stakeholders. In this Issue, we present you the best practices recommended for designing User Interface for software applications and web portals.

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Best Practices for

Designing User Interface

The process of creating visual interfaces of software Applications, Products and Web solutions with a focus on looks or style is known as User Interface (UI) Design. It aims to create screens, layouts and various visual elements which help users identify the purpose and enjoyable. The user experience of an application can significantly be improved by a well-designed user interface. Here are the recommended best practices.

Keep the interface simple

Avoid unnecessary elements and use clear language for the labels and messages

Maintain consistency and use common UI elements

By using common elements in the User Interface, users feel more comfortable and are able to get things done more quickly. It is also important to create patterns in language, layout, and design throughout the site to help facilitate efficiency

Be purposeful in page layout

Structure the page based on importance. Careful placement of items can help draw attention to the most important pieces of information improving readability and visual scanning.

Strategically use colour and texture

Use colour, light, contrast, and texture to direct attention toward or redirect attention away from items to your advantage.

Use typography to create hierarchy and clarity

Choose typeface carefully. Font characteristics such as types, font sizes, and arrangement of the text help increase the legibility, readability, and scanability.

Make sure that the system communicates what's happening

Always inform your users of location, actions, changes in state, or errors. Use of various UI elements to communicate status and, if necessary, the next steps can reduce frustration for your user.

Think about the defaults

Create smart defaults that can reduce the burden on the user. This becomes more helpful in case of form design where you can have certain pre-chosen or filled-out fields.


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