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I really love UI (User Interface). Like my buddy Matt T says, “I’m not ‘smart’ enough to do UI, but I know a good one when I see it.”
Breathtaking and useful designs happen because the UI has been worked on tirelessly. It takes a real UI Master to understand how to make a terrific user experience on a website.
That is so true – UI is hard, and great UI is even harder. The post goes on to tell about 10 principcals which great UI people live by.
- Don’t Forget About the User – Jason Fried
Tom: Sometimes we just cannot forget the site is not for “us”, its for the user. We need to identify that user and make sure we have their interests in mind.
- Don’t Overlook Error Pages – Jakob Nielsen
Tom: This may be one of the biggest mistakes people make – they get the site done, and then take a break…but they forget that the “old” site had pages too. Where do those go now? Are they still available?
- Always Set a Background Color – Jeffrey Zeldman
- Don’t Overdo Accessibility Features – Roger Johansson
- Use Epicenter Design – Jason Fried
- Watch Your Users – Collis Ta’eed
Tom: If you have never been humbled by this exercise – you need to be. It will spin your head.
- Give Incentives For Users to Complete Forms – Jim Kukral
- Keep the UI Consistent – Jakob Nielsen
Tom: My first reaction to this is “duh” – but its a good point.
- Keep Jargon to a Minimum – Erin Kissane
- Make a Prototype Instead of a Wireframe – David Verba
This stuff is lightsout cool. And when it is “on”, it really can make a site sing. If you have examples of good design, please post it to the comments.