This was a technical week. It was time for us to turn our low-fi prototype(paper drawing) to medium fidelity prototype(Sketch, Axure etc). Instructor actually gave us some tips when we planned for our interfaces.
- Show only what you need user to see. Categorize and hide secondary features. If the screen displays too much things, everything is crying for attention. Try maintain less than 7 categories for each level.
- Keep your user focus by showing continuous flow.If you show everything all at once, users lose focus and you might risk users are not going to focus on your core features.
- Indicate user progress from time to time. Nudge user if they complete a test or if no internet(Empty state) so that users do not confused what are they suppose to do now.
For Mac user: Sketch is definitely easy to use. Recently there is Adobe UX. The interface and usage are similar to Sketch, till today-date, it’s still in beta.
All the elements are in vector and it can be expanded (by width or by height) without pixelated.
If you are familiar with Photoshop, this will a piece of cake to you. For others, don’t worry, I’m totally new to this as well and after playing it for 30 mins and it’s easy too.
You can get other tutorial lesson in the following link or get some at Udemy. Don’t worry too much in mastering it. I start to remember more and more shortcuts keys which helps me to design faster.
Don’t bother to use symbol feature at first because at least for me, it screwed up my design when I change letter to italic and all the texts changed at I had a hard time revert as I only realised after awhile.
I like their template feature which you can get all the “ready” design and icon before you get started.
TONS of Free Sketch template: http://www.sketchappsources.com/
VISUAL BASIC DESIGN
This was a very long informative lessons. While some of the aspects like lines and shapes might sound easy to you but the problem is how do you present them in a same screen harmoniously? What’s about colours? Which one is your primary colours/fonts and how often you should use them without too many texts shouting at your face?
Where you would look at for the first glance? Are they “screaming”?
What’s the difference?
I’m not too good in explaining this but I think it’s better to digest them in videos.
The fundamental of design (3mins): https://vimeo.com/32944253
Readability vs Legibility (3mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74sZJ4b0_Lc
More: Visual Basic Design
I like to study this the most because it affects the look and feel of your product. Here are some advices to mix and match your fonts family.
Designers talking about the building and intent of Material Design (6 min)
Bezier Game http://bezier.method.ac/
Sketch Video Tutorials:
Adobe Video Tutorial