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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.
Having studied this unit you will 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 unit 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.
This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from User interface design and evaluation (M873) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in.
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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Originally published: Wednesday, 27th July 2011
Last updated on: Thursday, 11th October 2012
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