User Experience

Jesse James Garrett from Adaptive Path Explains UX

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An impressive walkthrough of the ins-and-outs of user experience. Jesse James Garrett from Adaptive Path is interviewed by Brian Solis.

“As people were working on [traditional interface design issues] they started to realise there was some larger context that really determined how successful that user interface was going to be.. that you could follow all the principles for good interface design and still not deliver a successful experience. And so what we’ve seen over the course of the last ten years is user experience grow from something that interface designers just kinda’ talked about to something that became a full-blown capability within organizations and what we’re seeing now is experience really being elevated to being an essential part of product strategy.”

Apple’s 27 Guidelines for Mobile User Experience Design

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When you look at it from a 25,000 foot level, the section headers of Chapter 5 from Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines (also known as “User Experience Guidelines”), provide killer design inspiration with brilliant simplicity.

  1. Focus on the Primary Task
  2. Elevate the Content that People Care About
  3. Think Top Down
  4. Give People a Logical Path to Follow
  5. Make Usage Easy and Obvious
  6. Use User-Centric Terminology
  7. Minimize the Effort Required for User Input
  8. Downplay File-Handling Operations
  9. Enable Collaboration and Connectedness
  10. De-emphasize Settings
  11. Brand Appropriately
  12. Make Search Quick and Rewarding
  13. Entice and Inform with a Well-Written Description
  14. Be Succinct
  15. Use UI Elements Consistently
  16. Consider Adding Physicality and Realism
  17. Delight People with Stunning Graphics
  18. Handle Orientation Changes
  19. Make Targets Fingertip-Size
  20. Use Subtle Animation to Communicate
  21. Support Gestures Appropriately
  22. Ask People to Save Only When Necessary
  23. Make Modal Tasks Occasional and Simple
  24. Start Instantly
  25. Always Be Prepared to Stop
  26. Don’t Quit Programmatically
  27. If Necessary, Display a License Agreement or Disclaimer

Almost every single one of these guidelines applies as much to Android and Windows Phone 7 as they do to iOS. What a beautiful find…