What if you could get the feeling of a photo or video on your UI?
If you’re an artist, designer, or even just a curious person, you probably have the answer: the visual language of your UI.
UX designer Daniele Linares has put together a fantastic collection of tips and tricks to help you understand the visual culture of your app or website.
Linaros has built this list to help designers and developers understand the elements of visual design they’re creating, which helps them craft a compelling visual experience for their users.
Understand the Elements of Visual Design.
Linas starts out by defining the elements that make up a visual experience.
“If you want to understand what an app or page looks like and what you can use it for, look at the elements you need to understand and understand what you’re doing with them,” he says.
For example, he suggests you take a look at how images are laid out in your app’s interface, the navigation that goes with it, and the layout that makes up the user interface.
This helps you understand where to place your visual content and how it should be positioned in relation to other elements of the user experience.
Lines also says to take a moment to think about what your user will see when they interact with your app.
“Think about how you will present this content and what your users will perceive it to be,” he advises.
“In other words, it’s a good idea to think through the content that you’re creating for your app.”
Understand The Elements of Your Visual Culture.
Linsas next tip is about understanding your visual culture.
“Visual culture is the way people see things,” he explains.
LINARES says it can be confusing to know the exact language you use to communicate your app, as there are multiple elements to each word or phrase.
“As designers, we can’t always know what’s being said or written in our UI,” he notes.
“For example, what does the word ‘button’ mean in the UI?
What does the text say?
How is the text laid out?”
He advises you to look at your visual language and think about how each element fits into the overall visual design.
“This is why we’re creating visual interfaces that are consistent,” he adds.
“The UI must be consistent, and it must be clear, and there needs to be a visual reason for it.”
Understand Your Visual Style.
Lodes says to start thinking about what visual style your app will use.
“I’m not talking about the visual style of your website,” he stresses.
“When you design an app, you want the UI to be visually attractive.
But that’s not the only factor in designing a visual UI.”
Linas says to think outside of the box.
“There are many ways to design a visual interface, and a visual design is no exception.
It’s not a set of rules,” he emphasizes.
“It’s a set, a set that people are willing to embrace.”
He advises designers to consider different approaches to the visual design of their app, like different visual styles for different elements of your content.
“Some designers want to create a visual that is simple, but for others it’s about more intricate design that’s meant to be as beautiful as possible,” he continues.
“We’re going to be creating a UI that has all of the visual elements we’ve mentioned so far, and yet it still looks like it has all the visual artistry and sophistication we need.”
Linareas also says you should think about your app in relation with other UI components in your site or website as well.
“Don’t be afraid to ask yourself, how do we use this UI in a way that will enhance the experience of your users?
And how do those elements make the user’s experience more enjoyable?”
Know The Difference Between Visual Design and UX Design.
“Design is about building and building and designing,” Linas explains.
“UX is about creating and creating,” he tells me.
“But to design and to create requires different skills and different approaches.”
To make an app that people will love, he says, designers need to have an ability to: “Think critically about how a UI should be built, and what the goals of the UI should really be,” Linarezas explains.
The best UX designers can help their clients to understand how they’re designing their UI.
“They need to be able to make a decision, a quick decision, and have a plan,” he argues.
“So a good UX designer needs to have a good grasp of the difference between the design and the execution of an app.”
Understand User Interaction.
Links design and usability as the two core areas of an interface.
“A good UX is about user interaction,” he states.
“And it’s not just about showing the user how things work,” he suggests.
“Users want to feel part of the experience. They