4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 20, 2009 1:51 PM by aredo

    What steps do you take when redesigning a database interface?

    aredo

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      What steps do you take when redesigning a database interface?

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      Hello,

      I am a Filemaker 8 user and have been tasked to improve the layout design of a robust relational database (13k records & 100+ fields). Although I have built very simple FM databases, I am not sure where to start when redesigning a existing layout.

      Basically, the database owner wants to be able to enter a complicated specific query and the database generates an output that answers the query.

      I want to know what are the best practices or steps that will help me plan an user friendly interface that takes the input and generates a report with the information the user is seeking. I've been browsing database and FileMaker books on Safari Online for ideas, but not finding a series of steps to take.

      I understand use cases - is this something that a database designer uses also for redesigning an interface? What do you do under these circumstances? I will appreciate all input, including pointers to relevant online resources and terminology to focus on.

      Amy