DESIGNING USER INTERFACES in FileMaker Pro is a challenge for most, if not all, developers. We all strive for the interface that is great looking, intuitive, and easy to use. This is even more critical given the trends in the industry now towards oversimplification–many times functions and tasks are so well hidden and non-intuitive that experienced users are left confused (iTunes, anyone?).
Be Consistent >
Align fields and layout objects effectively
Keep It Simple
Design for the appropriate screen size / resolution
Use of color >
Consider using a grid pattern
Use of fonts >
Use a library file
…– In most circumstances, there is always room for more whitespace when designing the layouts for your FileMaker solutions. When in doubt, provide more. It is ultimately always easier to take away some whitespace if you have to that to gain it back. The use of whitespace can also be used to help group items that are logically connected to communicate that they are connected.
The use of whitespace almost always helps keep your layouts simple (see #3 above) by provided a less cluttered, more polished look to your layouts.
For great tips on the use of space, check out Alexis Allen’s excellent post.