Interview with Raj Lal on Designing User Friendly Interfaces at HOW Interactive Design by Erin Prus

Raj Lal Makes User-Interface Design More User-Friendly

Digital Design Essentials: 100 Ways to Design Better Desktop, Web and Mobile Interfaces is an encyclopedia-style, user-friendly guide to UI design. Author Raj Lal has compiled need-to-know UI design information and “make your life easier” UI tips and tricks to help streamline your design process.

So why do you need this book? Digital Design Essentials is chock full of live examples, design guidelines and best practices. In fact, Raj covers virtually every major UI concept with clear definitions and illustrations for easier understanding.

We recently spoke with Raj to find out what inspired him to produce such a helpful, tactically-oriented guide to support UI designers.

Raj, you’ve had a lot of success in your career with multiple books and a thriving professional life in Silicon Valley. In the midst of your personal work, speaking commitments and life in general, what inspired you to write Digital Design Essentials? 

I’ve always been fascinated with design and how it applies to software development. I myself like software that’s easy to use and aesthetically pleasing. Having a keen sense of design and passion for Human Computer Interaction, two books had a particularly deep impact on me. The first one, The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman, talks about how putting users first gives a new and correct perspective to design.

Raj Lal Digital Design Essentials

Interesting. It seems that you’re clearly influenced by user-centered design. What’s the  second book that influenced this project?  

The book which actually triggered this book idea [Digital Design Essentials] was The Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell. It’s is a collection of 100 design concepts and amazing design principles. I realized that these concepts are great for coffee table discussion, but today’s graphic designers, web designers and mobile app designers also need practical advice when developing software applications.

Designers need to-the-point design guidelines, and they want to know the best practices. This gave birth to the idea of 100 software design examples, ranging from desktop software, web applications, mobile apps and tablet design that I call “Digital Design Essentials.” Best practices, design guidelines, tips for better User-Experience and popular case studies–together they are an essential reference for any developer or designer who is working on digital design and Human Computer Interaction.

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You’ve said it well, Raj. Sounds like this book is any digital designer’s “essential” companion.

Raj will be presenting on “Evolution of the Digital User Interface” and signing copies of Digital Design Essentials at the Digital Web and Design Innovation Summit September 19-20, in San Francisco.

To see him in action: Check out Raj’s session from the HOW’s 2012 Interactive Conference in Washington D.C. 

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Raj Lal is an internationally recognized digital product leader who has designed and developed software used by millions of people. Raj is the author of three popular books on Digital Design, Windows Gadget, and Smartphone Web development, in addition to many articles about web, digital product design and strategy. He is also a consistently top-rated speaker at conferences and companies around the world.

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