9 things you need to consider when designing a UI

Two UI designers look at wireframes for designing a UI
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Designing a UI involves a combination of several skills. Great UI design feels completely natural for the user, but it doesn't happen by accident. It's the result of a lot of research and testing, with consideration given to a number of vital elements. We spoke to some of the experts on our UX Design Foundations course to get some pointers.

When designing a UI, you need to balance several things. On the one hand, there's the user experience. It should go without saying that the user interface needs to serve its purpose for the user it's designed for. But that's not the only concern. A highly usable interface is no good if it's ugly because simply won't want to use it, no matter how usable it is. And there are plenty of usable products that lose customers' interest because they start to look out of date. 

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.