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April 12, 2022


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Why is the way something looks important? Text, colour, images, moving images and sound all interact to produce a user-friendly environment within a user interface.

This course, Designing the user interface, will help you understand the effect each software component has on the user and explain how a consistent and thoughtful application of these components can have a significant impact on the look of the final product.

Course learning outcomes

  • After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Design a user interface, making effective use of typeface, colour, still and moving images, and sound.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:05:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:03:00
    • Getting the best from interaction devices 00:10:00
    • The role of text 00:10:00
    • The characteristics of text 00:10:00
    • How to use text to good effect 00:20:00
    • The role of colour 00:10:00
    • The characteristics of colour 00:10:00
    • Choosing colours with the right connotations 00:20:00
    • How to use colour to good effect 00:15:00
    • Using colour to represent information 00:25:00
    • The role of images 00:10:00
    • Using images to good effect 00:15:00
    • Different types of moving image 00:10:00
    • Using animation to good effect 00:10:00
    • Using video clips to good effect 00:10:00
    • The role of sound 00:10:00
    • Different types of sound 00:10:00
    • Using sound effects to good effect 00:10:00
    • Using music to good effect 00:07:00
    • Using speech to good effect 00:15:00
    • Problems with the use of sound 00:10:00
    • Conclusion 00:03:00

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