UI Design Patterns for Successful Software

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How this course will help your career

Structure and order are the user's best friends; without them, navigating through the user interface is similar to someone crawling around a darkened room in search of their spectacles, clutching at anything due to hope rather than accurate judgement. This course will equip you with the knowledge necessary to select the most appropriate display methods and solve some of the common design problems that affect existing user interfaces.

User interface design patterns are the means by which structure and order are achieved, and it is for this reason that they must be given careful consideration before setting the final design in stone. Failing to do so can lead to user interfaces that are difficult or confusing to navigate, or that require the user to commit an unreasonable amount of time to decoding the display rather than achieving his/her original aims and objectives.

Design patterns are available for a reason; they are the best practices derived from successful software applications and websites such as Amazon, YouTube, and Facebook. Each design pattern represents the culmination of years of experience on the part of the interface designers behind these successful companies. So why not learn from the best?

Benefits: By the End of this Course You Will Know How to

  • choose user interface design patterns and use them appropriately,
  • organize content in order to achieve the best possible usability,
  • implement a logical page structure,
  • lead the user through the user interface with minimal effort on their part,
  • simplify data entry,
  • utilize the social aspects of user interface design,
  • influence the behavior of users through the use of dark patterns, and
  • enhance the user experience.

How the Lessons Are Organized

This course comprises eight lessons:

  • Implementing Page Structure: This first lesson will focus on getting the general structure of an interface right. By the end of this lesson, you will better understand how to support users as they try to realize their intentions one page at a time.
  • Organizing Content for the Best Results: If the content is not logically organized, users will get lost. In this lesson, we highlight and detail some of the design patterns that help order content so as to assist users in meeting their aims and objectives.
  • Affording Fluid Navigation: Users are constantly switching between windows, panels, tabs, pages, and content. In this lesson, we introduce patterns that help users to move freely and confidently through the graphical display.
  • Simplifying Data Entry: Some jobs and tasks require a lot of data entry; if even just one input field is inappropriately positioned or designed, it can slow the user down, limit their productivity, and have catastrophic effects for businesses. Here, we’ll show you how to avoid this problem.
  • Social Aspects of UI Design: In this lesson, we describe some of the user interface design patterns that have been introduced in order to improve the social aspects of online communities and networks, with the aim of improving the interactive experience.
  • Dark Patterns: Join us on the more sinister side of user interface design. Some design patterns can be used to coerce, manipulate, and trick users. In this lesson, we’ll show you how to use these patterns responsibly.
  • The Complete User Interface: Now it’s time to merge and apply all the knowledge you have gained during the course in real-world situations. We’ll analyze some great websites to determine how they combine all the available design patterns into successful interfaces.
  • Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-Up: We’ll use this lesson to wrap-up all you’ve learned throughout the course, and we’ll offer you a final opportunity to exchange ideas and inspiration with your peers.

Gain an industry-trusted UX Course Certificate

You earn a verifiable and industry-trusted Course Certificate once you complete the course. You can highlight them on your resume, CV, LinkedIn profile or your website.

Course Certificate

Our courses and Course Certificates are trusted by these industry leaders, who have taken up company memberships with the IDF:

Centure, Adobe, GE, IBM, Philips and SAP

Recommended Background: Who Should Enroll?

Regardless of whether you are new to user interface design or a seasoned professional, by the end of the course you should have a clear understanding of how to tailor your user interface design to the needs of your users and enhance the general usability. This course is therefore essential for UX designers, web designers, information architects, and graphic interface designers.

Whilst the course focuses on the practical application of user interface design patterns, you will also be familiarized with the current terminology used in the design of user interfaces and many of the key concepts under discussion. This should help to put you ahead of the pack and furnish you with the knowledge necessary to advance beyond your competitors.

Learn and Work with a Global Team of Designers

When you enroll in this course, you join a global multi-disciplinary team working on the course 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 bunch 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 from across the planet.

Lessons in this course

  • Lessons become available at a schedule of one lesson per week.
  • Lessons remain open for you forever and have no deadlines.
  • There is no time limit to finish a course.
  • You have permanent access to your course material, answers, and classmates for the entire duration of your membership.
  • Estimated time to complete: 11 hours 42 mins spread over 8 weeks.

Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction

Available once you start the course. Estimated time to complete: 57 mins.

Lesson 1: Implementing Page Structure

Available once you start the course. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 24 mins.

Lesson 2: Organizing Content for the Best Results

Available anytime after Aug 03, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 51 mins.

Lesson 3: Affording Fluid Navigation

Available anytime after Aug 10, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 36 mins.

Lesson 4: Simplifying Data Entry

Available anytime after Aug 17, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 36 mins.

Lesson 5: Social Aspects of UI Design

Available anytime after Aug 24, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 40 mins.

Lesson 6: Dark Patterns

Available anytime after Aug 31, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 48 mins.

Lesson 7: The Complete User Interface

Available anytime after Sep 07, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 51 mins.

Lesson 8: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up

Available anytime after Sep 14, 2018.

  • 8.1: Course Evaluation (1 min)

Learning paths

This course is part of 4 learning paths:

  • UX Designer
    UX Designer
  • Interaction Designer
    Interaction Designer
  • Visual Designer
    Visual Designer
  • UI Designer
    UI Designer
  • How others have benefited

    Nicolas Leclair

    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.”


    Fausto Albamonte

    Fausto Albamonte, United States

    “The knowledge acquired from the course is something that I'm currently implementing daily in my job, and is going to be the base to build on, as I'm preparing to take more courses with the Interaction Design Foundation. I'm happy to say that I truly enjoyed the course and learnt a lot from it. Interacting with other classmates, sharing ideas and receiving constructive feedback was another positive aspect of this course.”


    Gideon Cohen

    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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