Mock up a music player widget in Photoshop

While voice recognition and gesture technologies are advancing exponentially, the need for visual user interfaces will persist into the future. Decades ago, interfaces were often garish and overdone. But consumers expect a quality appearance from today's well-designed and affordable modern software; designers must now make their interfaces beautiful too.

Best practice for interfaces is to keep things simple. The content should be uninhibited and it should be obvious how to use the interface. Shifting paradigms too drastically can be detrimental to a person's immediate understanding of how your application works. It's better to stick to what people know, for example, a triangle for a 'play' icon.

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