Designing for a good user experience (UX)

June 28, 2010

Some recent studies have found that:

  • Form labels work best above the field
  • Users focus on faces
  • Quality of design is an indicator of credibility (i.e. users do judge a book by its cover, so make a good first impression!)
  • Most users *do* scroll
  • Blue is the best color for links
  • The ideal search box is 27 characters wide
  • White space improves comprehension
  • Effective user testing doesn’t have to be extensive
  • Informative product pages help you stand out
  • Most users are blind to advertising

(All from: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/09/24/10-useful-usability-findings-and-guidelines/)

Coming from a slightly different angle, a psychologist’s view of UX design came to these conclusions:

  • People don’t want to work or think more than they have to (so provide examples, give them defaults etc.)
  • People have limitations (so make it easy for them to find and scan information)
  • People make mistakes (so make it easy to recover from the error)
  • Human memory is complicated (so don’t provide too much to remember at once)
  • People are social (so give them the opportunity to be part of a group)
  • Attention (so grab attention with color or features that stand out)
  • People crave information (so give them choice and offer feedback options)
  • Unconscious processing (so use metaphors or match your conceptual model to a user’s mental model)
  • Visual system (so group like things together and make fonts large enough)

(from http://uxmag.com/design/the-psychologists-view-of-ux-design)

[Links last checked June 2010]

One comment

  1. Great, concise lists. I think I’ll have them laminated and carry them in my wallet.

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