The 6 rules to design the best user interfaces
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The 6 rules to design the best user interfaces

About the Book

User Interface Design is the art of building the elusive missing link between you and the system you want to control and then hear the desired results.

One of the biggest challenges in user interface design is to keep the user perspective as the focal point of any Interface Design project.As a case in point, just take a look at the grand majority of popular user interfaces, and how they arecommonly used.Once you do, you’ll begin to understand that a lot of companies (even the biggest ones) seem to have forgotten this main idea.

I wrote this book in 2010.

Schematics have been designed from my drafts by Manuela Ciancilla and the book itself have been proofread by Glenn Reuther.

I especially let it exactly as it was for 2 reasons:

- it was my first ebook and I wanted to keep the first version of it

- I wanted to see how much I could have changed since this very first ebook

You can also check my Max for Live Book

About the Author

Julien Bayle
Julien Bayle

Julien Bayle is a multidisciplinary and independent artist based in France and working at the juncture of sound & visual. He merges visual art, music composition, physical approach of sound art and data visualization by creating advanced programmed installations and audio/visual live performances.He tries to address the question of disrupted continuum, interferences and representation of concepts by using physics of sound and error/artifact magnification.

His work is based on both experimentations and programming, using concepts of time expansion & contraction as main guidelines. His interests for all microsound and granular synthesis expand his work and open a new way of including field recording and previously designed sound into his own practices. He seeks to depict a world saturated by meaningless informations , societies complexity through a positive-nihilist kind of deconstruction of processes, structures and results.

He performed his audio-visual live performances in international festivals like ELEKTRA in Canada, or sound:frame in Austria and exhibited his work in galleries in Europe. He’s also a art teacher and he provides advanced technical courses about the place of technology in new media creation, invited by different art schools in Europe.

He's an Ableton Certified Trainer and Max MSP programmer expert. He also speaks and read C++ & OpenFrameworks, Java & Processing, Arduino & Physical Computing.

He co-leads the Bordille Records art label with François Larini, works closely with & records for Canadian imprint Yatra Arts and was selected artist of SHAPE Network during 2016.

In 2017, he founds and launches vøid label for editing and publishing all his new works.

This same year, he also officially founds his own studio.

In 2020, he founds STRUCTURE VOID, for teachning Ableton Live, Max for Live, Max MSP and doing consultancy.

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About the Contributors

Glenn Reuther
Glenn Reuther


Manuela Ciancilla
Manuela Ciancilla

Graphic Designer

Table of Contents

  • About
  • Introduction
    • What does bad mean ?
  • 1 Some pre-requisites
  • 2 Listen to the system
    • What is the problem ?
    • Here’s how it’s supposed to work
  • 3 The user is the core
    • Monotonous Monochromatic LEDs
    • Incomprehensible Mis-Alignment
    • Where Is That Track ?
  • 4 Hack protocols
  • 5 Be minimal
  • 6 Stupid box & smart computer
  • 7 Cutiness is nice, you need more
  • 8 Just for remind you

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