Anyone who wants to create software that looks and feels “professional” should study the various human interface guidelines (HIG) available on-line.
For example, the following are some guidelines published by some well-known organizations:
- Apple Human Interface Guidelines
- Java Look and Feel Design Guidelines
- NASA User-Interface Guidelines
- Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines
One of the coolest things about the Internet and on-line collaboration tools is that content can be created by communities of users that share common goals and interests. An example of this is the new IndieHIG project and their IndieHIG Wiki, which aim to develop community-based guidelines and tools for Mac OS X software user interface developers.
Since I’m actively working with other JKI developers on making VI Package Manager one of the absolute best looking LabVIEW applications, you can be sure that I’ll be keeping my eye on the IndieHIG Wiki