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Why take this course?

Designing intuitive and effective user interfaces isboth science and art. During this course, partici-pants will learn how to apply research-based andfield-tested Web and application design principlesand methodologies.

Initially they will focus on the four foundational layers of the interface: Navigation, Presentation,Content, and Interaction. Participants will then beprovided with the framework and methodologyneeded to support rapid prototyping initiatives.Finally, they will extend their sphere of influencethrough the application of accessibility and cross-cultural design methods.

 

What you’ll learn

  • How to implement user-centered requirementsinto usable designs
  • How to integrate the focal points of design: Navigation, Presentation, Content, and Interaction
  • How Web site and application design strategiesdiffer and overlap

 

Course Objectives

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify, select, and implement appropriatenavigation models used to build intuitivenavigation structures
  • Make better decisions and recommendationsto improve visual design, including: layout, color,graphics and icons, and text
  • Implement effective usability-based contentorganization and treatment methods
  • Ensure intuitive interaction through appropriate UI control selection and error and feedback design
  • Increase design efficiency using Web andapplication standards
  • Extend their UCD sphere of influence into thedomains of user experience, accessibility, andcross-cultural design

The Science and Art of Effective Web and Application Design

Course Code

GTCUASAE

Duration

2 Days

Course Fee

€1200.00

Accreditation

N/A

Target Audience

  • Those involved in the design and development ofe-commerce, sites, informational and promotional sites, intranets, and applications.

Attendee Requirements

  • There are no prerequisites to attend this course

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Course Description

Why take this course?

Designing intuitive and effective user interfaces isboth science and art. During this course, partici-pants will learn how to apply research-based andfield-tested Web and application design principlesand methodologies.

Initially they will focus on the four foundational layers of the interface: Navigation, Presentation,Content, and Interaction. Participants will then beprovided with the framework and methodologyneeded to support rapid prototyping initiatives.Finally, they will extend their sphere of influencethrough the application of accessibility and cross-cultural design methods.

 

What you’ll learn

  • How to implement user-centered requirementsinto usable designs
  • How to integrate the focal points of design: Navigation, Presentation, Content, and Interaction
  • How Web site and application design strategiesdiffer and overlap

 

Course Objectives

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify, select, and implement appropriatenavigation models used to build intuitivenavigation structures
  • Make better decisions and recommendationsto improve visual design, including: layout, color,graphics and icons, and text
  • Implement effective usability-based contentorganization and treatment methods
  • Ensure intuitive interaction through appropriate UI control selection and error and feedback design
  • Increase design efficiency using Web andapplication standards
  • Extend their UCD sphere of influence into thedomains of user experience, accessibility, andcross-cultural design
Course Outline

1. Design is Science and Art

  • Scientific models in user-centered design (UCD)
  • Definition of UCD

Exercise: Designing for functional requirements

  • Characteristics of usable designs
  • UCD Benefits

Exercise: Conduct a design heuristic evaluation

2. Navigation

  • Characteristics of usable navigation
  • Primary navigation systems
  1. Hierarchical models
  2. Persistent design systems
  3. Sequential navigation
  4. Search
  • Supplemental navigation
  1. Index
  2. Breadcrumbs
  3. Quick links
  • Multiple systems navigation design

Exercise: Select appropriate navigation models

3. Presentation

  • Visual-cognitive processing
  1. Eye movement and eye tracking
  2. Gestalt principles of visual design
  • Layout

Exercise: Evaluate and redesign a cluttered screen

  • Color
  • Graphics
  • Text

4. Content

  • Printed vs. digital content
  • Writing for clarity
  1. Writing style
  2. Word choice
  3. Mechanics
  • Methods that facilitate scanning
  • Writers’ pyramid
  • Headings, bulleted and numbered lists

Exercise: Sharpen writing skills

5. Interaction

  • Factors that influence interaction design
  • User interface controls
  1. Data entry and selection
  2. Navigation and action
  3. Multi-function controls

Exercise: Selecting appropriate UI Controls

  • Error handling and prevention
  • Feedback

Exercise: Design an effective feedback message

6. Screen Elements and Wireframing

  • Screen elements
  • Wireframing
  1. Low fidelity
  2. High-fidelity
  • Effective prototyping strategies

Exercise: Build a paper wireframe

7. Accessibility

  • Why design for accessibility
  • Types of disabilities
  1. Vision
  2. Hearing
  3. Motor
  4. Cognitive
  • Assistive technologies
  • Accessibility laws
  • Accessibility guidelines
  1. Section 508 Guidelines
  2. Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0)
  3. Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
  • Evaluating for accessibility

Exercise: Conduct a site review for accessibility

8. Internationalization

  • Internationalization and Localization
  • Multicultural considerations
  • Internationalization design process andusability testing

9. Beyond Design Knowledge

  • Barriers to implementing UCD practices
  • UCD practitioners’ knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Academic training and HFI certification
  • UCD and HCI professional organiz
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Ways to Attend
  • Attend a public course, if there is one available. Please check our schedule, or register your interest in joining a course in your area.
  • Private onsite Team training also available, please contact us to discuss. We can customise this course to suit your business requirements.

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