A user interface designer is a university graduate of technical communication, graphic design, human computer interaction, information technology or visual arts. In this line of work, creative talent is a must to make the user interface visually appealing. Knowledge of the interface specifications and user interface system is important to be considered for work as a user interface designer. The menu and the icons displayed on a computer program have to be interpreted correctly by users without extensive explanation. Being able to understand computer programming codes for putting technical explanations is as important. The user interface designed is simple and elegant. The programs of HTML, Flash, CSS, and AJAX can prove valuable for the work.
By designing an interface, the user interface designer organizes the information contained on the interface. The candidate can work for a company, be independent or work for several companies. Besides designing interfaces of computer programs, the user interface designer also takes care of websites and databases. After the interface is designed, the candidate maintains it and updates it as deemed necessary by the client. Before the user interface can be functional, a usability testing is conducted to determine the efficiency. When it functions well, the go signal is given by the candidate for the interface to be used.
The target audience of the interface is considered the number one priority. The design of the user interface will be catered for its purpose. Coordinating with other departments for the specific purpose of the website page is also done for the right content to appear. For instance, new products that will be shown on the website page need to be consulted with the product sellers so that the cost and item code are correct. The layout and graphics are organized so that visitors find them attractive. The user interface designer needs to apply the client specifications per page. In this manner, the purpose for the project is achieved.
A user interface designer is also known as a user interface engineer or user experience designer. The creative, technical, and marketing prowess are applied onto each application needed to be designed. Since the 21st century has experienced growth in online businesses, upgraded computer program applications, and many other innovative technological equipment, the user interface designer will shine long-term. Talent with creating design that complements each other will serve the candidate well. There are plenty of user interfaces that need to be designed since there are always new products that come out in the market.*
*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/
Since students and professionals worldwide use the Internet on a regular basis, the user interface for the web browsers may always change in terms of design. Users want to see the interface of the applications they use to always spark interest. Users may get bored when they see the same interface design for years. Doing research and analysis to understand the client’s target consumer base are vital for the project to be successful. Depending on the industry that the client is engaged in, the user interface designer adjusts to the client specifications. The technical products and services of the client are given the utmost consideration in designing the user interface.
Flowcharts, prototypes, and screen layouts are created for the client to see what the user interface designer’s progress with the project has become. Depending on the feedback of sales and consumers for the designed interface, the client will be happy when the volume of visitors for the application keeps on increasing steadily. When the user interface designer has a proven portfolio of successful projects especially through client referrals, the volume of work to be given to the candidate will rise. The power of the imagination to encourage visitors to the website, computer application or database will prove more profitable for the candidate. A user interface designer is grateful for Apple, Sun Microsystems, and Microsoft to be given the opportunity to show the world how a designed interface can do wonders.
When a user learns how to operate a new computer program, database or website, the symbols or icons can be a helpful guide for the next step. Each symbol or icon was well-thought of and created for the benefit of the user. Since the user interface designer is also a user of a computer application, database or website, the candidate can decide what improvements can be made to make the project profitable. It takes a lot of patience, perseverance, and experimentation with a user interface to determine which one will suit the project best.