User Interface and Interactivity

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User interface Principles

– Knowing your user

– Minimising the load on users

– Preserving Consistencies

– Ensuring flexibility

– Following standards

– Explicit

In order to adhere to these general principles, researching into our target audience has allowed us to come up with a suitable interface design which will appeal to the user. We would want a simple navigation system in order to appeal to the ageing house buyers market. Minimising the load through the use of drop down menus will mean users being able to easily and quickly filter the results location. Keeping it simple through the consistency of graphics and layout whilst following standards will mean users recognising how to navigate through the website easily. The buttons are labeled clearly letting the user know what they will gain by clicking on it. Recognisable symbols such as the magnifying glass will suggest the go or find button.

filter

Code for drop down filter menu

sort

Code for sort option

home

Finished home page

An interactive site will attract users and make them feel engaged, helping to reach its target audience. I aim to create flippers for the about page which will reveal text when hovered on. Similarly with the help page, in order to make information more engaging I will use jQuery to create an accordion where the answers to the frequently asked questions will be revealed when clicked on.

aboutpage

Interactive flippers

jquery

Code for Accordion

helppage

Reveals answer when clicked

As websites become more sophisticated users expectations are changing. A more active role is being expected. Not only can the graphics be interactive but user input to an extent. In our web app the use of an add property form will allow users to input their properties to the listings. This adding a different dimension to a passive property site. This as well as a sort and filter will benefit users with results they are looking for, helping to meet expectation.

Database – Entity Relationship Diagrams .2

design for digital media environments
php1

Users table

php2

Posts database table

Two tables: Users and posts

Data regarding the user is entered into the users table once signing up. Data such as username, name, password and email is stored. The posts table consists of information about the properties for example, house type, price, location, etc..the data will be called using php and jquery to display results on the web application.

Username and password are essential for logging in, the data will need to match to enable verification. This is important for security reasons. Each user is automatically assigned an identity number. This is similar with the properties listed, the id carries a time it was posted. The user id shows which user posted and at what time.