UI Design Patterns for Successful Software
How This Course Will Help Your Career
Have you ever found yourself spotting shapes in the clouds? That is because people are hard-wired to recognize patterns, even when there are none. It’s the same reason that we often think we know where to click when first experiencing a website—and get frustrated if things aren’t where we think they should be. Choosing the right user interface design pattern is crucial to taking advantage of this natural pattern-spotting, and this course will teach you how to do just that.
User interface design patterns are the means by which structure and order can gel together to make powerful user experiences. Structure and order are also a user’s best friends, and along with the fact that old habits die hard (especially on the web), it is essential that designers consider user interfaces very carefully before they set the final design in stone. Products should consist of such good interactions that users don’t even notice how they got from point A to point B. Failing to do so can lead to user interfaces that are difficult or confusing to navigate, requiring the user to spend an unreasonable amount of time decoding the display—and just a few seconds too many can be “unreasonable”—rather than fulfilling their original aims and objectives.
While the focus is on the practical application of user interface design patterns, by the end of the course you will also be familiar with current terminology used in the design of user interfaces, and many of the key concepts under discussion. This should help put you ahead of the pack and furnish you with the knowledge necessary to advance beyond your competitors.
So, if you are struggling to decide which user interface design pattern is best, and how you can achieve maximum usability through implementing it, then step no further. This course will equip you with the knowledge necessary to select the most appropriate display methods and solve common design problems affecting existing user interfaces.
What you will learn
- How to choose user interface design patterns and use them appropriately
- How to organize content to achieve maximum usability
- The implementation of logical page structure
- How to ensure minimal effort is required from the user when moving through the user interface
- How to simplify data entry
- The use of social aspects within user interface design
- How to enhance the user experience
Who should take this course
This is a beginner-level course suitable for newcomers to user interface design and experienced practitioners alike:
- UX and UI designers interested in using the right UI design patterns to create optimal product designs
- Project managers keen on incorporating tried and tested UI design patterns to speed up and optimize the product development process
- Software engineers looking to boost their skill sets and gain a foundational understanding of user interface design
- Entrepreneurs who want to make sure their products have the appropriate user interface for maximum success
- Newcomers to design who are considering making a switch to UX or UI design
Courses in the Interaction Design Foundation are designed to contain comprehensive, evidence-based content, while ensuring that the learning curve is never too steep. All participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, seek help with tests, and enjoy the social aspects afforded by our open and friendly forum.
Learn and work with a global team of designers
When you take part in this course, you will join a global multidisciplinary team working on the course and the exercises at the same time as you. You will work together to improve your skills and understanding. Your course group will be made up of an incredibly diverse group of professionals, all of whom have the same objective—to become successful designers. It’s your chance to learn, grow, and network with your peers across the planet.
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Lessons in This Course
- Each week, one lesson becomes available.
- There’s no time limit to finish a course. Lessons have no deadlines.
- Estimated learning time: 18 hours 12 mins spread over 8 weeks.
Lesson 0: Introductions and welcome
To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 47 mins.
Lesson 1: Organising Content for the Best Results
To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 7 hours 7 mins.
Lesson 2: Affording Fluid Navigation
To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 9 hours 37 mins.
Lesson 3: Implementing Page Structure
To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 3 hours 2 mins.
Lesson 4: Simplifying Data Entry
To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 3 hours 41 mins.
Lesson 5: Social Aspects of UI Design
To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 4 hours 34 mins.
Lesson 6: Dark Patterns: Methods of Coercing, Manipulating and Tricking Users
To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 3 hours 55 mins.
Lesson 7: The Complete User Interface
To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 2 hours 40 mins.
Lesson 8: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up
To be scheduled.
How Others Have Benefited
Nicolas Leclair, Canada
“It's nice to put words and explanation on pattern that we use daily, and that are habits. Using them and having to decide which one to offer to a user are two different things, like driving a car, and building a car. I feel that I am learning to build the car.”
Phillip Krasnick, United States
“The content was well-structured and concepts were clearly articulated.”
Gideon Cohen, Canada
“I really liked the section on Perspective Writing. Overall, this is good material that helps orient the nascent interaction designer in the terminology and tools of the trade.”
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