Principles of User Interface Design

http://bokardo.com/principles-of-user-interface-design/

Tb;dc (too busy; didn’t click):

  1. Clarity is job #1
  2. Interfaces exist to enable interaction
  3. Conserve attention at all costs
  4. Keep users in control
  5. Direct manipulation (of interface) is best
  6. One primary action per screen
  7. Keep secondary actions secondary
  8. Provide a natural next step
  9. Appearance follows behaviour (aka. form follows function)
  10. Consistency matters
  11. Strong visual hierarchies work best
  12. Smart organization reduces cognitive load
  13. Highlight, don’t determine, with colour
  14. Progressive disclosure
  15. Help people inline
  16. A crucial moment: the zero state (the very first impression)
  17. Existing problems are most valuable
  18. Great design is invisible
  19. Build on other design disciplines
  20. Interfaces exist to be used
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