A typical user interface for an application consists of a menu, labels, text boxes, buttons, and perhaps a few controls for specific pieces of data. Without graphics, however, an otherwise functional interface can be quite boring and unintuitive. Graphics can be used to enhance the user interface in the following ways:
Highlighting specific information on the screen
Providing a different view of information, such as using a graph
Providing a more intuitive link to the application’s functions
The subject of design and use of graphics is large and complex. Obviously, then, this single chapter cannot cover all the bases. However, it will provide you with enough information so that you can begin building a more visually pleasing user ...