Designing the appropriate user interface for a Windows application is still part art and part science. In the Windows Forms world, a user interface is a collection of images, controls, and window elements that work in synergy. Users absorb information through the user interface (UI) and use it as the primary vehicle for interacting with the application.
The task in front of any developer when creating a user interface is primarily one of balance: balancing simplicity of design with the features that the application is required to implement. Also thrown in the mix is the concept of standards, both formal and experiential.
Although we use the term developer in this chapter, much of the UI design and layout process ...