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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 free 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.
- 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.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Devices
- 1 1 Getting the best from interaction devices
- 2 Text
- 1.3 Colour
- 1.4 Images
- 1.5 Moving images
- 1.6 Sound
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Designing the user interface: text, colour, images, moving images and sound
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 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 final product.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Computing and ICT courses or view the range of currently available OU Computing and ICT courses.
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Last updated on: Tuesday, 15th March 2016
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