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User Interface Design Washington DC Region

We interact with user interfaces in almost everything we do every day.

Possibly more than any other type of design, interface design requires a deep knowledge of the principles of UX, while also understanding how humans like to engage online. Whether its a work-related application, or shopping online, FuseLab Creative creates digital interfaces that are based on intuitive habits and simplicity for maximum usability, with a minimum of effort.

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6 Rules for Building Effective Digital Interface Designs

  • What is the audience of your dashboard?

    Understanding your users, where they are coming from, what they need, and how to make it simple are keys to success.

  • Select the right type of dashboard.

    Not all dashboards are the same, and understanding the type of dashboard that will result in the best user experience is essential.

  • Data is displayed in logical groups.

    Data dashboards can take many forms of display, but understanding how to design the deeper dive is as important as the initial data displayed.

  • Make the data relevant to the audience.

    Making the data in an interface design relevant can be achieved through self-selection, but most experiences don't have this luxury, so understanding your target market/audience is key before any dashboard or interface design project.

  • Present the most important metrics only.

    Starting the high-level/important metrics in your design, immediately communicates the value of what they are looking at and will keep user engaged with your dashboard/interface.

User Interface Elements

Sometimes knowing your key data, and user needs is not enough, you also need to understand user expectations.

How do your users like to navigate online? What kind of programs do they use each day and how do they like to consume information? This is just a few of the questions we ask when beginning a new interface design project. We need to understand how to communicate with our design beyond the actual data we will be displaying, and the find the ultimate nexus between data and design–which is pretty much the bulk of what we do every day!

Input Controls

What data to display automatically, and what kind of filtering or comparing do we need to offer via user inputs? The answers to these two questions will dictate the kind input and control we offer to users.

Navigational Components

We all use computers and mobile devices, but we all like to navigate differently based on our life experience online. Choosing the right kind of navigational components is about finding the nexus between what user intuitively understand based on their prior experiences and providing the quickest, most efficient route to achieve user goals with the least amount of clicks.

Informational Components

Finding ways to display information through iconography, menus, and clickable items, adds an entirely new level to the depth of information a dashboard can communicate. This is the beauty of a well-design interface.

Containers

What information goes where is always a challenge to figure out with data-rich dashboard environment. However, even more important is grouping this data in ways that just make sense, while also allowing for user configurations and filtering of the data for maximum usability and engagement–making the entire experience more valuable.

Web Application Samples

Latest projects

Our web applications listed here represent years of work within numerous industries. Whether it’s helping students find the right college and selecting the perfect major, or helping a new dentist get her practice off the ground, FuseLab builds custom interface designs from the ground up, based on decades of experience.

Web Application Interface Design Trends from 2019

Although there are a lot of trends happening in this space, and some are definitely better than others. Below are are few we see rising to the top of the heap.

Typography: Big Fonts

Big bold fonts seemed to have captured the attention of designers this year. As strange as it might sound we think it has something to do with an attempt to create simplicity through visual clarity and impact. If it’s true that no reads on the web and only skims, whatever we can do to arrest those skimming eyes the better.

Monochrome Colors

Monochrome colors and other subdued color scheme have permeated the web this year. Maybe an subtle recognition of the fast-paced and stressful world we live in. However, we think that this trend is actually on its way out and that we will soon be seeing bold and bright color schemes fused with a sense of optimism, while also being visually stimulating and beckoning for attention.

Speed

Loading speed isn’t really a trend, since you could list this as big trend for the past ten years. However, understanding the amount of sites now using high-fidelity videos and graphics, the need for sites to effectively make use of development strategies that load in the background, or strategically load with placeholder text and visuals. This will only become more and more important and we all should be designing developing appropriately.

Flat Design

There’s a strong case to be made that the Flat Design trend is in part from the success of Google’s Material Design style, which makes use of simple design with subtle use of shadow for depth. Flat design also works well with all of the parallax style sites where flat objects, graphics, and pages slide over each other to create a visually stimulating design environment.

Mobile First

As of last year, Google’s algorithm now ranks your mobile experience above the desktop design experience. Meaning having a great mobile experience will help you rank on Google higher, and that companies can actually prioritize their mobile experience first, before moving on to focus on the desktop experience. It’s just how we live now, we are all navigating our lives through our phones, and relying on good mobil adaptive design to help along.

Shapes

Primary shapes like circles and squares have been making a big splash this year. As part of the focus on simplicity and subtle color schemes, the basic shapes we all grew up with have been popping up on the world’s largest retailers and organizations. One thing is for sure Interface design relies heavily on grid systems of design, and would be lost with the square and rectangle.

Types of Dashboards.

There are obviously countless types of dashboard structures and industry-related designs, but the three categories of dashboards seem to me among the most common.

1. Marketing Dashboard:

How well did your last campaign do on social? How much have we spent on advertising versus how much increased revenue have we seen during the same period of time? These are only a few of the data points provided to marketing professionals, helping the make better and more cost effective decisions on the future of their marketing efforts and what is basically work and what is not.

2. Sales Dashboard:

A sales dashboard or interface seems to have been around since the beginning of the net. However, the ability to manipulate the numbers, do custom filtering, and create multi-year comparisons is something relatively new. Even more new, is the ability to do this in real-time, thanks to additions of machine learning and forms of AI, which have moved the goal post beyond all of our dreams.

3. Operations Dashboard:

Operations dashboards are killing it right now in many fields, but possibly none more than the medical industry. Doctors and nurses have filed their last paper chart and are starting to rely on digital tablets and computers to view patient data, review medical histories, and research proper diagnosis’. Patients now make and manage their appointments online via physician portals and can manage their prescription orders as well. The entire operations of most major hospitals rely on digital operations dashboards to survive.

 

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