RULES! Why rules? to many of them are counter productive, to less the same. So at Squarelion we distilled our application UX design guidelines to the very basics. It gives you a structure where there is still enough room to create and feel creative. These are great to keep in mind when designing and going trough new cycles of development.
Your users are the most important! We often time forget who we are actually working for, our clients are important but their clients are the ones who are actually going to use and experience the product more often than not. If you want happy clients think of their clients!
WEB/APP/UX DESIGN RULES
Design Should Concentrate on User Experience – not on content only
Websites Are Scanned, Not Read – be easy to process
Users Want Clarity and Simplicity – 3 seconds and they are gone
Common Design Elements Versus Creativity – don’t be a design hero
Know the Audience – just embrace it
Visual Hierarchy – use LOGIC
User Experience Qualities:
Be contextual – Be sure to mark where users are in their path through the interface.
Be human – Be trustworthy, transparent, and approachable with human interaction preferred over machine interaction.
Be discoverable – Be sure users can accomplish their tasks the first time they visit.
Be easy to learn – Be sure that interaction is easy and moving through product is seamless. Be sure that on subsequent visits users can accomplish their goals.
Be efficient – On repeat visits can they accomplish repetitive tasks quickly and easily?
Be delightful– Be sure that product delights users so that they have an emotional connection to it and champion your product.
Be a performer – Be sure that the system performs well when users are interacting with it.