October 02, 2012
With the rise of mobile and more people than ever spending the majority of their time online, good design is no longer optional for businesses that want to have a presence online or in the mobile world. According to Visual Studio Magazine, having quality GUI design is essential to creating applications, software and websites today.
The state of user interface has drastically changed since the first consumer PCs were introduced, and with a focus on graphics, interconnectivity, the proliferation of devices and touch- or gesture-based interfaces, it is becoming more important for a business to focus on the graphical user interface design of its products, almost more than their development in general.
According to the news source, one product that truly outlines these changes is the iPad. With over 100 million units sold in just two years, the tablet surpassed the sales numbers of the personal computer in a quarter of the time. As the next step in computing, tablets offer an immersive user experience (UX) and overall connectivity that PCs, laptops and even smartphones often lack. And with the surge of tablets not only in the consumer world but businesses as well, some may draw parallels to the growth of computers and wonder how long it will be till most businesses are operating on tablets and in the cloud - or some other new technology to go along with the mobility of tablets.
To take advantage of the wonders that the iPad, Android tablets and the upcoming Windows 8 tablets, as well as other devices, have to offer, a business needs to focus on what it can do with them, and how to accomplish that. For many, this means developing enterprise apps to accomplish the tasks that employees are currently using PCs for. From communications to project management, these apps need to be robust and compatible with employee needs. With the right application design and a focus on getting users to where they need to be on a tablet, a business can see huge success with an investment in this area.
Tablets aren't popular simply because they are lightweight, portable and aesthetically pleasing. They are also powerful, versatile and provide a depth of UX that other devices lack. For a business, not taking advantage of these traits with quality app UI design and a focus on needs would be a sin. By embracing mobility and the tablet, businesses can take a step into the future, be better prepared for other new technologies and be a step ahead of the competition.