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graphic front end design


jar
August 24, 2006 | 2:14 am

I’m looking for some help in designing a front end…I need some graphics advice. I’ve found "knobs and sliders", what I need is a user-friendly interface design for teachers and kids. so I’m looking for background graphics and "plug-in" type graphics. Any ideas?


August 24, 2006 | 4:21 am

jane wrote:
> I’m looking for some help in designing a front end…I need some
> graphics advice. I’ve found "knobs and sliders", what I need is a
> user-friendly interface design for teachers and kids. so I’m looking
> for background graphics and "plug-in" type graphics. Any ideas?

Define "user-friendly" – what is the actual need? That is always step
one. Reduce the application to its simplest definition, find the edge
cases (those that stretch the definition the most), and use these to
inform your thinking.

For many successful GUI designs, step two has been paper and pencil.
Once you have that, you or anyone else can do the implementation.

If you’re just looking for "visually stimulating," I don’t know what to
tell you… except that 80% of the interfaces I have seen on this list
have been horrid. And that is a completely subjective judgment of
software that was probably designed to fit exactly one person’s needs
(though in those many cases, I don’t know why they bother with all the
graphics).

I can’t imagine that this has been terribly helpful, but here’s to hope.

-j



f.e
August 24, 2006 | 6:54 am

I like Max look pretty much, but if you need to please kids, you’ll have
to rip commercial GUIs, for example. On win, i use a free soft called
Ressource Hacker to extract the .bmp files contained in plugins and
apps. With all the Max facilities (pict-based control, jsui, lcd…) you
should be able to use the extracted pics to do the job. There’s also a
very cool demo script for photoshop that helps you creating knobs (don’t
remember the names, but it should be easy i guess to google). Check the
synth-edit community too, and deviant-art.com for pre-designed stuff.

f.e

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dlurk wrote:
> jane wrote:
>> I’m looking for some help in designing a front end…I need some
>> graphics advice. I’ve found "knobs and sliders", what I need is a
>> user-friendly interface design for teachers and kids. so I’m looking
>> for background graphics and "plug-in" type graphics. Any ideas?
>
> Define "user-friendly" – what is the actual need? That is always step
> one. Reduce the application to its simplest definition, find the edge
> cases (those that stretch the definition the most), and use these to
> inform your thinking.
>
> For many successful GUI designs, step two has been paper and pencil.
> Once you have that, you or anyone else can do the implementation.
>
> If you’re just looking for "visually stimulating," I don’t know what
> to tell you… except that 80% of the interfaces I have seen on this
> list have been horrid. And that is a completely subjective judgment
> of software that was probably designed to fit exactly one person’s
> needs (though in those many cases, I don’t know why they bother with
> all the graphics).
>
> I can’t imagine that this has been terribly helpful, but here’s to hope.
>
> -j
>



jar
August 28, 2006 | 5:43 pm

Thank you! I will go for all your suggestions…
I am looking for something visually stimulating so I hope this will help.
thanks again,
j


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