The GUI Design GUIde
Building your app's user interface
Issue: 9.4 (May/June 2011)
Author: Tam Hanna
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A G4-based Apple laptop is the best testimony to the importance of user interface design - the machines were bought even at a time when their Intel-powered competition offered up to two times the CPU power.
The reason why users stuck to their Mac machines was their superior usability: Mac OS and its mobile derivative iOS are critically acclaimed for their excellent GUI design, which makes using the devices easy and thus pleasurable.
The value of good user interface design becomes clear the moment you think about why people use computers. Recreational users aside, the systems are used for but one thing: getting business tasks done and bringing revenue home.
Even though a single click takes but a fraction of a second, very small things can add up to a nice amount if their number is large enough. It thus is only logical that every reasonable effort should be expended to minimize the number of "taps" needed to get to the intended result. The user is using your app not for the pleasure of tapping, but to accomplish something.
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