29 Jan '14, 12pm

A Simple Test to Guide Every UX Design Decision

During the design process, the tendency is to add more features, controls, or content than a screen really needs. There's a simple test to determine if you actually need one of these elements. Just ask yourself how will that element improve the users' behavior or experience. It isn't a question of if it will improve the experience, but how . If you can't answer how , then it doesn't belong. How a feature adds value is a broad subject, but fundamentally it must directly satisfy a specific and highly probable step in the user's task. We go to all the trouble to create user personas and conduct task analyses, but it seems few designers really know how to apply those to the design process. These artifacts should guide every design decision and be used to determine which elements are actually needed, and when they are needed. Ideally, each page should focus on one single task. ...

Full article: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2325645/A-Simple-Tes...

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