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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

10 UI Design Patterns You Should Be Paying Attention To

A great article from Smashing Magazine on some of the most useful UI design patternsSmashing Magazine
  1. Lazy Registration: Allow user to check out the site before requiring registration-
  2. Progressive Disclosure: Show what's relevant now, hide details and reveal when requested.
  3. Forgiving Format: Allow different input formats, like ZIP or Address in the same input field.
  4. Clear Primary Actions: Emphasize the primary action (e.g "Save") and de-emphasize the secondary (e.g Cancel).
  5. Breadcrumbs: Show the path to the current information (e.g Shop > Laptops > Toshiba).
  6. Account Registration: Improve user experience by letting users register, only neccessary information.
  7. Required Field Marker: Clearly label required fields.
  8. Steps Left: Clearly show current steps in a registration sequence.
  9. Subscription Plans: When a product or service is provided, give different options to the user. Highlight what you want to sell.
  10. Hover Controls: Hide tools until objects are hovered (e.g show Edit button when an editable list is hovered).

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