I'm an old COBOL programmer who was asked about 20 years ago which operating system will be used in future - DOS text based or Windows graphical systems. My answer was graphical: The joke was on me. "Nobody wants that in professional systems." was the overall opinion. Now who was right?
But, to answer the actual question: I create the interfaces myself in a manner, that they can be looked at as "sort of" character based: That is readable and easy to use by operators who don't have eagle eyes looking at 9 point character sizes on a 1280 x 1024 screen - I use 14+, and questionary, suggestive entries and searches instead of drop downs in long lists. Reducing the entries and options to a necessary minimum and having to do with rugged environments reducing the need of a mouse (today's optical mice are nice yet).
But, as I said, I'm an old COBOL programmer.
Perhaps I am be the odd one in this; however, my background was in fine/graphic art as well as coding; so I enjoy launching Photoshop or Illustrator for some UI design. Often this presents difficulties for me since clients have difficulty believing this until I reveal my portfolio and other coders see no value in UI design beyond the drag-and-drop (then again, a good coder does not use the designer window; I wish I could disable it).
...are they? I mean, I (the developer) can design the UI layout fairly well (easy to use, keyboard shortcuts provided, layout not too complicated, etc), but the icons & bitmaps that I draw look like... OK you don't want to know what they look like
The importance of the UI design, based on my experience in years of developer is that:
I have 2 cases, we work hard developing some app and give to the customer the first release:
1 - The program have a super logic, with some bugs, and an ugly UI.
2 - The program have a poor logic, with many bugs, and nice or beatuiful UI.
In the first case, the customer said: "this program is a piece of s&%t, get out of sight?? "
In the second case, the customer said: "nice work!, I found some errors, can you fix them?, please. "
May be you think "He's mad", but i'm not the only one.
Although I am a developer I enjoy UI and graphics. I answered ‘the developer does it’ because in my case I do. My hobbies include painting (pictures) glass engraving and other graphic pursuits so I do have some experience with colours, composition and so forth. I do not think I am good enough, or lucky enough, to try and make a living at it so I stick to cutting code but, for me, it is really nice to develop graphics as well as the source.
in all organization there is either UI Designer or the developer/programmer itself design the UI
but believe really it needs a Good environment, Good thinking
because user/client don't see what u code but see what u design and how it looks ??
the design/UI shows the Quality of our product...
so i think it is much difficult task....
cheers for UI Designer...
No doubt the applicaiton is TEAM WORK in which all Designer/Progrmmer/QC's and all releated person make good contribute.
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