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User Interface Design for Web Applications

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This article also could also have been titled, “Stating The Unobvious Obvious.” It’s all about those obvious differences between plain-ole’ website design versus application design, but we don’t take the time to consider them in our design process until they hit us over the head like a giant mallet of “Why didn’t I think of it sooner?” because they are so… fundamentally obvious. Yeah. In other words, principles so simple, we ignore them because we think we already knew that and need to get back to making that rainbow gradient button.

This is a bit of a recurring theme, but UX is all about letting users do what they need to do, with as little interference as possible. Since web applications are all about doing and not about letting users sit back and enjoy your design while you provide them with content, the way you approach designing one needs to be different as well. The article suggests you create a user task analysis to determine the following:

  • What are the main tasks performed by the intended users?
  • Which tasks are parts of other tasks?
  • Which tasks are performed linearly?
  • Which tasks are performed repeatedly in a single session?
  • What user assistance (online Help) is needed each step of the way?
  • Which tasks are performed frequently and which infrequently?
  • Would users prefer to have the tasks organized by frequency of use or by the order in which they’re performed?

Based on the answers to these questions, you can then decide how to step out of the way and allow the user to control their experience.


Written by rawcookies

August 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

Posted in Design, Readings

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