The Basics Of Good User Interfaces

Terry Karavoulias
Aug 15, 2019 · 9 min read
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The simple yet effective user interface of the Nest. Even without ever using one you know how it works.

You are not the user

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Which one is easier to read? Add a calendar icon that helps you choose the date and you’re good to go

Simple is better

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Keep your forms simple!

Don’t Zig-Zag

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While this design is clean, the content is everywhere making your eyes jump everywhere. This is hard to follow.

Remove all friction

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Short passwords with weird requirements suck. The bottom one is easier to remember and more secure.

Keep menus simple

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I hovered over one category and got a million options and some ads. Each category has as many options. This is really bad design.

Form placeholders are bad, don’t use them

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You lose context if you use placeholders as labels

Ditch the burger, and your assumptions

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Some of the elements are exposed making them easy to find. The rest are hidden in the hamburger icon for users who really want to look for them. This is a good design.

Draw inspiration from others

Conclusion

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Terry Karavoulias

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Founder of @Karaverse in Montreal. Director of Engineering. Creator of Pizza The Pie.

Data Driven Investor

from confusion to clarity not insanity

Terry Karavoulias

Written by

Founder of @Karaverse in Montreal. Director of Engineering. Creator of Pizza The Pie.

Data Driven Investor

from confusion to clarity not insanity

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