Topic: Standards

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.

Don’t Prioritize Efficiency Over Expectations

May 10, 2015

Features meant to increase user efficiency by reducing steps can end up hurting users if they do not conform to existing mental models and expectations based on past experiences.

Password Creation: 3 Ways To Make It Easier

April 26, 2015

By making password requirements visible upfront, allowing users to unmask the password, and showing a strength meter, designers can improve the frustrating user experience of creating a password.

OK-Cancel or Cancel-OK?

May 27, 2008

Should the OK button come before or after the Cancel button? Following platform conventions is more important than suboptimizing an individual dialog box.

Link List Color on Intranets

May 13, 2008

Lists of links are an intermediate case between content-embedded links and menu items. Showing listed links in blue or in the site's main link color is the recommended design - and the one most intranets follow.

Defeated By a Dialog Box

July 23, 2007

Interaction techniques that deviate from common GUI standards can create usability catastrophes that make applications impossible to use.

Accessibility Is Not Enough

November 21, 2005

A strict focus on accessibility as a scorecard item doesn't help users with disabilities. To help these users accomplish critical tasks, you must adopt a usability perspective.

Durability of Usability Guidelines

January 17, 2005

About 90% of usability guidelines from 1986 are still valid, though several guidelines are less important because they relate to design elements that are rarely used today.

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.

Change the Color of Visited Links

May 3, 2004

People get lost and move in circles when websites use the same link color for visited and new destinations. To reduce navigational confusion, select different colors for the two types of links.

Improving Usability Guideline Compliance

June 24, 2002

Over the last 1.5 years, the average compliance with established usability guidelines increased by 4%. If we can sustain this level of improvement, we'll reach the ideal of 90% guideline compliance in 2017.

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.

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