One usability faux pas I often discover with websites (I’ll add the example website in question [here] when I remember the URL) is clickable areas moving when I try to target them. Here’s a good example of a fly-out menu that’s actually quite effective, unfortunately just not that well executed graphically:
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Most product websites will layout a bunch of images and text content on the page (maybe even a slick video if you’re lucky) and expect users to make sense of it all. Flow (by MetaLab) on the other hand uses some simple, fun, animation effects to facilitate a visual point of reference, narrating (or aptly: ‘flowing’) the user through the rest of their product experience; discovering more about this task management app – great stuff!
BHS.co.uk (URL valid 28/12/2011) are utilising a great product image zoom feature, making superb use of screen real estate. The logic is if you’re viewing a photo in detail you can’t read at the same time, so why show text? – a progressive disclosure feature of interface design I’m a fan of since it compliments simplicity well.
Some might argue that passive whitespace is the unconsidered space present within a composition. I disagree: if you don’t consider all your whitespace, that’s just bad design. Passive whitespace creates breathing room and balance. It’s important.
[On the concept of design in general, regardless of what medium it’s in] Design really flourishes under constraints. The more known quantities that we have to deal with, the more creative solutions we can often apply. After all, design is all about creating order out of chaos.
Users read left-to-right. Users scan top-to-bottom. This is why it makes sense to left-justify menu labels (list items) and headings.
Software is media today, particularly consumer software. When people use it [your software] they approach it in the same way they would approach media. When I say media I’m talking about a magazine, or a newspaper, or a TV show.
When you think about The New York Times vs. The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair vs. Vogue, or Fox News vs. CNN: each of these media properties have a voice; they have an attitude; they have a style, and it’s unique, and it’s different.