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Interface Designer

THE LINK BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE

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UI designer ou designer d'interface
UI designer (designer d'interface)

INTERFACE DESIGN CONCILIATES USER DEMANDS AND INTERFACE DESIGN TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS.


UI DESIGNER'S MISSIONS & PROFESSION

The interface designer - also known as UI designer - must allow the user to intuitively access what he is looking for and thus easily navigate between all the contents of a website. He / she must guide the user by means of transversal and related navigations and must ensure that the possibility of errors in the user's path is limited.

Ergonomics and IT architecture are essential for the comprehension of an interface.

 

Each graphical element is designed (buttons, icons, bars, frames, typography, etc.). The key word is "less is more", and the Interface Designer's objective is to keep only the information that is truly relevant to the user's needs, whether in terms of content or form.

The purpose is first of all to understand the user; there are four types of interface design :

  1. information design,
  2. service design,
  3. interaction design,
  4. innovative design.

REQUIREMENTS & SKILLS

Interface design is a blend of skills. Designing an interface is a team effort, involving the most appropriate, efficient and innovative interactions, based on user profiles, contexts of use and usage scenarios.

Interaction designers and interface designers work together to create navigation elements, screen sequences and their organisation.

Interface designers must master a variety of tools: Visual interface design (Illustrator, Photoshop); Interface/interaction prototyping (Processing, Flash, Visual Basic, HTML, etc.); Wireframing and interface scripting; Web modeling (good level in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery); Back-end web development : PHP/MySQL. In addition, the interface designer must be creative, have a good sense of observation, be reactive, rigorous and have an aptitude for teamwork.

CAREERS & DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

A man (26-30 years old), employed or independent, with a bac +3 (3 years of higher education) and graduated from an art, design or web school, on a permanent contract, working mainly in agencies but also for companies (integrated design studios or startups), this is the typical profile of an interface designer in France. The occupation of interface designer is relatively recent. It has arisen with the development of digital mobility, which has increased the public's level of demand for technological products. The opportunities for this profession are therefore very promising.