So what is a user interface? A user interface is the part of a computer system that enables users to interact with it. The term was first coined in 1968 by Doug Engelbart and his team at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Since then, we have seen many advances in technology that has changed how people use computers. For example, when computers were first invented they required you to memorize commands which would take up valuable time until you became proficient enough to know them all off the top of your head. Today, there are various shortcuts and tools available for different tasks such as copy/paste or opening applications- making it easier for anyone who needs to use a computer.
So what does this mean for user experience? As user interfaces are improving, user experience is changing as well. When user interfaces first came about, the user had to learn how to use it. With time however, people have become so accustomed to being able to navigate their way through a user interface that they don't feel the need improve their navigation skills. User experience has evolved because user interfaces allow users to complete tasks in a simple and easy manner. As user interfaces improve, user experience improves as well.
Great user interfaces are important in order to create user experience because they give users the ability to access information quickly and effectively, making their use of technology much easier, faster, and more efficient. It is difficult for computers to actually have user experience, but user interfaces have user experience built into them.
What are some user interface design characteristics that contribute to user experience?
A user interface should be simple and easy to use. This allows the user to navigate through it freely without being confused by anything on the screen. It also needs to be visually appealing as this helps to draw in users. Also, user interaction with the user interface should be consistent and easy to learn. This way users will not have to spend time learning how to use new things every time they log into their user interfaces.
If we look back at user interfaces that existed in the past, many of them were very "clunky" or hard to use because they did not function in a user friendly manner. They were also rather unattractive as well, which made user experience with them more difficult than it had to be. Even though user interfaces are constantly improving, user experience is still dependent on how user interfaces operate and the level of simplicity they can reach in order to create better user experience
To put this concept into user experience context: In today's user interfaces, many programs and systems have icons which represent different tasks and actions. For example, in the popular social media platform Facebook, icons are used to point out privacy settings for a user's account or to delete something from their profile. Similarly there is an icon on a web page that lets you save a webpage so you can come back to it later. These user interface icons are designed to help user experience by simplifying and streamlining user interactions, allowing for users to quickly perform tasks that would otherwise take more time. Overall, user interfaces allow user experience with technology by merging technology with human behavior.