When designing an application you must remember that people will be interacting with it through the front end you design. If you make it hard for the users to understand what they are to do or make it confusing, then they will try at all costs to not use it. Internal application suffer the most since it is to a captive audience. Make the user interface clean and intuitive for the users (not necessarily for the developers). Pick only a couple of font families, the fewer the better. Target the age of your audience when picking font size.
XPage applications are web application that can also be utilized in the Notes Client. There is much information regarding the proper design of a web application and this chapter deals with the aspects that pertain to XPages.
Make sure your design:
- Is intuitive and easy to understand.
- Is Easy to use.
- Provides benefits to the user.
- Is readable: no small type or hard to read colors.
The benefits of a good user interface include
- Increase employee productivity.
- Decrease employee error.
- Increase employee buy-in and participation in the application.
- Reduce training costs.
- Decrease technical support.
- Increase money saved.
When designing user interface, the bottom line is that it is all about the user. Make the experience positive for them and successful for your company.
In this chapter, we cover the following topics: