six principles of Interface Design

I’m supposed to memorise these six principles of Interface Design, so I thought I’d put them on my website to help me remember.

  1. Be consistent
  2. Provide Feedback (like letting you know that you pressed a button)
  3. Minimise error possibilities (by constraining user options where appropriate)
  4. Provide error recovery (like undo, cancel)
  5. Accommodate multiple skill levels (don’t annoy beginners or advanced users)
  6. Minimise Memorisation needed (label stuff.)
March 22, 2010 | |



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3 Responses to “six principles of Interface Design”

  1. hari on March 22nd, 2010 10:38 pm

    This is a good list. I would add:

    7. Avoid interface clutter
    8. Don’t overwhelm the user with options
    9. Use desktop default colour schemes
    10. Provide keyboard shortcuts for common tasks

  2. Alison on March 23rd, 2010 4:49 am

    8 and 10 fit under 5, I reckon, 9 fits under 1, and avoiding interface clutter is something that fits under 1, 3 and 5. :)

  3. Alison on March 23rd, 2010 4:49 am

    oh and 10 fits under 5. :)

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