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As web technologies progress, websites and web applications are becoming more responsive, providing us with more ways and techniques to interact with the users . Form , more than ever, has been superseded by function . The following websites deal with interface design, user experience, user-centered design, usability, and everything in between – all with the goal of enhancing the user’s interface. 1. Boxes and Arrows
Design patterns were first described in the 1960s by Christopher Alexander, an architect who noticed that many things in our lives happen according to patterns. He adapted his observations to his work and published many findings on the topic. Since then, design patterns have found their place in many areas of our lives, and can be found in the design and development of user interfaces as well.
User interface design or user interface engineering is the design of computers , appliances , machines, mobile communication devices , software applications, and websites with the focus on the user's experience and interaction. The goal of user interface design is to make the user's interaction as simple and efficient as possible, in terms of accomplishing user goals—what is often called user-centered design . Good user interface design facilitates finishing the task at hand without drawing unnecessary attention to itself. Graphic design may be utilized to support its usability . The design process must balance technical functionality and visual elements (e.g., mental model ) to create a system that is not only operational but also usable and adaptable to changing user needs.