Fred Klumpp
Designer and Developer

 

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HCI Principles revamped a bit

  • July 17th, 2014

 

Broader in scope than guidelines — “more fundamental, widely applicable, and enduring” […]

The system should always keep users informed about what is going on, through appropriate feedback within reasonable time.
Visibility of system status
The system should speak the users’ language, with words, phrases and concepts familiar to the user, rather than system-oriented terms. Follow real-world conventions, making information appear in a natural and logical order.
Match between system and the real world
Users often choose system functions by mistake and will need a clearly marked “emergency exit” to leave the unwanted state without having to go through an extended dialogue. Support undo and redo.
User control and freedom
Users should not have to wonder whether different words, situations, or actions mean the same thing. Follow platform conventions
Consistency and standards
Even better than good error messages is a careful design which prevents a problem from occurring in the first place. Either eliminate error-prone conditions or check for them and present users with a confirmation option before they commit to the action.
Error prevention
Minimize the user’s memory load by making objects, actions, and options visible. The user should not have to remember information from one part of the dialogue to another. Instructions for use of the system should be visible or easily retrievable whenever appropriate.
Recognition rather than recall