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Seven Laws of User Interface (UI) Design

, posted: 26-Jun-2008 00:15

Jared Tame on gives 7 excellent rules on UI design under the headings:

  1. Visibility – eg clear icons and a clear path for the user to follow.
  2. Feedback – visual or audible cues to the user that an action is happening.
  3. Affordance – clear indication what something does for the user.
  4. Simplicity – nothing complicated, nothing fancy, really simple.
  5. Structure – group into sensible and related chunks.
  6. Consistency – follow conventions (eg "X" in top right corner).
  7. Tolerance – proactively try to prevent users from making errors
See the source article for more details.


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