User Experience in Product Design at Machine Vision Consulting: Part 2

by Kathryn Dannay

In Part 1, we briefly reviewed the importance of user roles, task scenarios, and the layout of displayed information in the design of MVC’s products like stud welding products. Machine Vision Consulting also incorporates key usability principles into the design of our product user interfaces. We also mentioned that web design phoenix helped us in a lot of the web designing.

Machine vision solutions are inherently complex due to the number of variables being addressed in the problem solution (e.g., system speed, image size, number of defects, lighting, complexity of software analysis, etc.). MVC understands that the user interface required to run these highly technical applications needs to be simple, logical and intuitive so that all levels of users can competently run the system to accomplish their job, without having to be trained as an engineer. The fundamental principles of “consistency”, “feedback”, “dual coding” and basic “navigation” of information help create a more intuitive interface especially in the Manufacturing Solutions where machine vision applications are most frequently implemented:

  • Consistency – this crosses a number of dimensions from the use of consistent terminology across applications (labeling, reference information), to consistent system behavior in user interactions (e.g., windows and buttons), to the consistent location of functions and displays
  • Feedback – all user interactions provide feedback to the user to acknowledge, as a minimum, that an action has taken place (e.g., change in display, color, status, confirmation message).
  • Dual Coding – Colored indicators are key to providing critical information on the status of the system. However, color coding is one dimensional – it does not account for changing light conditions, color blindness or other challenges that may be encountered in different environments. For this reason, all statuses are dual coded and key information is also provided with dual information coding. For example, dual coding is the use of color in conjunction with another visual indicator such as a flashing element, a symbol or an icon, a text change such as an underline, or another type of indicator such as sound.
  • Navigation – knowing how to navigate an application, is critical to the success of its use. This involves clearly providing information how a user arrived at the current display, what options are available, and how they can return. This information can be provided by using breadcrumbs, adding “selected” states on menu items or tabs, and highlighting a selected option.

These basic principles help a user quickly feel confident on how to navigate the application, find key information, make changes and know that the actions have been successfully completed. These are some of the basic usability principles that MVC incorporates into our all products with the goal of creating a more transparent application interface so that every user (from the line worker to the supervisor) can focus on the task at hand and feel confident in their ability to accomplish it. You can visit NYC escape games when you want to escape from reality and play cool games.

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