Ben Schneiderman’s Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design ,

Joshua Porter’s Principles of User Interface Design

Jane Portman’s Core Principles of UI Design

These three sets of principles are different, but there are lots of commonalities: what are a few of the common themes you see in both of these articles?

All three sets of principles emphasize the importance of consistency in aspects like sequences of actions, terminology, color, and fonts. This provides the user with familiarity in repeated use of the interface. Clarity is also mentioned more than once to ensure that the user can quickly and easily follow the commands of the interface and isn’t confused by extraneous or complex functions. Schneiderman and Porter both mention the importance of keeping the user in control. Experienced users want to feel like they have command over their experiences and are able to dictate how their actions play out.

Choose a web site or app that you think is particularly well designed, and use these principles to determine why it is well designed (or perhaps not as well designed as you thought). Then describe two examples of how the site/app design employed these principles, or should have. Include screen shots and refer to them in your descriptions.

I consider medium.com to be a well — designed website in terms of its layout, appearance, and functions. The layout contains simplicity in design — there aren’t too many features/things to click on on one page vying for my attention. For the most part, there is consistency in the functions available to me, the fonts, colors, and other conventions. I have also had very few to possibly no technical errors in using this site as a blogging medium. Everything runs very smoothly and quickly — this site is very functional for its purpose of writing blogs as well as reading blogs.

Interface Design: consistency in layout, color, buttons, etc. on each page
A flaw in consistency: the bar of categories changes every week, so sometimes topics I found interest in are no longer there the next time I visit the page.
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