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Task Based UIs

by Stijn Vannieuwenhuyse

Published January 23, 2015 in Programming

PHP Benelux 2015 - Why do we organise our screens as grids, as if they were database tables? And why do we make forms that manipulate their records? Our user interfaces are very often based on the underlying database structure, while adding minimal value to the user’s workflow. A good user interface should not focus on data, grids or forms, but on the task at hand. It should show relevant state in order to make informed decisions. It should also guide the user to perform specific tasks. We will cover how we can make these tasks explicit in the user interface, but also how they can drive a whole architecture. In the end, a good user interface helps users achieve their goals.