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Apple and Microsoft's Official User Interface Guidelines

The official interface guidelines from Microsoft and Apple are not only useful when designing software applications. They both describe general and proven concepts of interface design that every Interaction Designer can benefit from. And they become more and more useful for Web Interaction Designers as Web user interfaces become more and more complex.

Both Apple and Microsoft's guidelines are available online.

Links:

  • Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines Open link in new window
  • Microsoft's Official Guidelines for User Interface Design Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 22, 2002

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Common design features shared by the Web's top sites

Web Developer's Virtual Library have made some research on what design features the most visited sites in the US have in common. Some of the findings are:

- Verdana as main font (60%)
- White as background colour (90%)
- Default link colours (60%)
- Top navigation (90%)
- Client side JavaScript (100%)
- Style Sheets (70%)
- Page width optimised for 800 pixels width screens
- File size in the 35-35 kb rang with associated files from 30 to 70 kb

In the authors opinion these features define the 'best practice' guidelines for web design, because these are the features that the Web's top sites apply to. Question is if the implementation of these features is the reason why they are the most visited. I doubt it.

Links:

  • The article Ten Top Sites Compared Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 01, 2002

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Making Unsubscription Easy

According to Kristoffer Bohmann all subscription notifications should include two design elements to make unsubscription easy:

- The e-mail that the user subscribed with
- A link to a permanent web page where the user can unsubscribe through a form

Including the e-mail makes it easy for people with more e-mails to remember which one they used to subscribe. Including a link to a web page makes it easy for less experienced users to unsubscribe and makes it possible to unsubscribe without having access to the e-mail the user subscribed with.

Links:

  • The article Making Unsubscription Easy Open link in new window
  • Kristoffer Bohmann Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - January 30, 2002

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