Articles

Topic: Design Patterns

4 iOS Rules to Break

July 19, 2015

Page control (dots), Submit at top, and the Plus (+) and Move icons are 4 common iOS patterns that cause usability problems in testing.

Animation for Attention and Comprehension

September 21, 2014

Moving elements are a powerful tool to attract users’ attention. When designing an animation consider its goal, its frequency of occurrence, and its mechanics.

Infinite Scrolling Is Not for Every Website

February 2, 2014

Endless scrolling saves people from having to attend to the mechanics of pagination in browsing tasks, but is not a good choice for websites that support goal-oriented finding tasks.

Fight Against “Right-Rail Blindness”

October 12, 2013

Users have trained themselves to divert their attention away from areas that look like advertising. When designed well, sidebars can effectively increase content discoverability.

Top 10 Application-Design Mistakes

February 19, 2008

Application usability is enhanced when users know how to operate the UI and it guides them through the workflow. Violating common guidelines prevents both.

The Need for Web Design Standards

September 13, 2004

Users expect 77% of the simpler Web design elements to behave in a certain way. Unfortunately, confusion reigns for many higher-level design issues.

When Bad Design Elements Become the Standard

November 14, 1999

Anything done by more than 90% of big sites becomes a de-facto design standard that must be followed unless an alternative design achieves 100% increased usability.