Welcome to Graphic Design For Touch Panels 101
The purpose of this tutorial is to provide control system programmers and designers like you the tools that they will need to create attractive, functional and inviting touch panels and user interfaces.
The lessons contained in this tutorial can be applied to any manufactures products. Whether you are a Crestron, AMX or even web executable developer - you should find this tutorial invaluable for increasing the usability and over all look in your touch panel designs.
Everyone has their own idea of what a good touch panel looks like. Unfortunately, many of the good programmers are not trained in the basic graphic design skills required to design great graphic user interfaces (GUI). As a result, touch panel design takes second place to the system programming and is either done poorly or tired old templates are used.
The touch panel is virtually the only part of the system that the client or user (who has just paid you a great deal of money to have integrated) gets to see. If the touch panel design does not meet their expectations, no amount of good control programming can make up for it. Luckily there are tools, conventions and rules of thumb available to make the graphic design of touch panels and GUI's simpler and better defined.
After you have completed this Graphic Design For Touch Panels tutorial you will have learned:How people see and interact with touch panels
Have a better understanding of what external forces affect your designs
How to apply the C.R.A.P. Convention for graphic design
The importance of - and how to create a design color palette
How to implement what you have learned about graphic design for touch panels
Where you can go for more information about graphic design for touch panels
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