A modern smartphone home screen

Why do we need design?

All around you, in nearly every aspect of your life, there is evidence of design, whether it's noticeable or not. Everything from your phone to billboards to road signage, even the sidewalks have been thought up by a designer. It's inescapable in the modern world.

Why do we need design?

All around you, in nearly every aspect of your life, there is evidence of design, whether it's noticeable or not. Everything from your phone to billboards to road signage, even the sidewalks have been thought up by a designer. It's inescapable in the modern world.

A modern smartphone home screen
Typical user interface elements of a first-person shooter game

What is a user interface?

When you're playing a video game or using a computer, there is a form of design in play called the user interface (or sometimes, the graphical user interface, often abbreviated to GUI). Without the user interface, you would see nothing but the raw code of whatever you're using. The user interface is a frontend to the code that powers the media you're using. It allows you to easily navigate the website, video game, or DVD menu you sometimes take for granted.

The purpose of this website is to demonstrate the application of good user interface design. Hopefully, you can learn something from me. To find out more, head over to the 'UI Basics' page.