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Approaches towards workspace organization in the modern trading software UI

November 16th, 2012 3 comments

Users of modern trading platforms demand complex features and flexibility for their day-to-day tasks, and it is the UI designer’s job to satisfy those needs. This article gives a brief overview of some modern approaches towards workspace organization for complex user interfaces.

On the surface, trading seems like a no-brainer from the user interface standpoint: all you need is to buy low, sell high, and some enthusiasm in trading to to make your billions.

In other words, the tasks that a user needs to complete within a trading platform, are:

• Determine an object to buy or sell (this object is usually called an instrument)
• Determine the time that is best to buy or sell
• Perform the buy or sell
• Monitor the impact of the transaction on your account.

It seems easy enough. A user interface that would make this simple-minded trader happy would then look like this.

mockup

UI done! Piece of cake, wasn’t it? However the trading process and a workable UI design for it is not that simple. Read more…

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