Interface Software Design OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Software Design Course by The Open University

Published Feb 15, 2009

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'Designing the User Interface' is a free undergraduate OpenCourseWare offered by The Open University that offers important suggestions about how to effectively apply software components such as sound, color and text to create an efficient, user-friendly interface in interactive devices. Undergraduate students, software designers, graphic artists and electronic device engineers will find this course useful.

Designing the User Interface: Course Specifics

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Designing the User Interface: Course Description

'Designing the User Interface' is an undergraduate OpenCourseWare that explores how to design the major components of an electronic device's user interface, including texts, colors, images and sounds. Each component is described in detail and its role in the interface software is detailed. The characteristics of these components are described and a discussion is provided about how to effectively utilize them. For example, video clips are a very effective means for conveying emotion and are useful in engaging the viewer. To illustrate, simple video clips can be employed on a cell phone screen to entertain a user while the phone connects to the network. Other UI components are described in this fashion as well.

Course materials include online unit notes and a list of reference materials. If you're interested in taking this free course, visit the designing the user interface page

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