UI Best Design Practices
Written by Christian Powell
Updated over a week ago

For a well-designed user interface on the Blade:

  • Avoid complex menu systems; instead use a linear progression through interface components to minimize the amount of time a user needs to dedicate to navigating the application UI.

  • Allow UI elements to be navigated with simple left/right/up/down navigation, and give users clear visual indicators for which UI element currently has focus.

  • Limit the amount of information being displayed to the user at any given moment to be very contextually relevant. E.g. Provide a single, specific instruction to guide the user to perform an individual step in a procedure.

  • Avoid displaying complex diagrams or schematics to the user, instead opt for displaying only the components immediately relevant to the task at hand.

  • Try to minimize the frequency of scenarios requiring the user to physically interact with the Blade by leveraging alternative methods to advance a user through the application interface. The best way to do so is to leverage voice commands, but this can also be done by automatically advancing a user to the next screen based on any number of interactions, such as taking a picture or some other form of verification that the step has been completed.

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