Consistency in font, color and size matters. As visitors move through your Web site, they gather clues (unconsciously, perhaps) to the structure of each page. It helps them move to the meat faster. This is part of what makes a user feel comfortable on your site — it’s a good thing and you should protect [...]
Archive for February, 2005
Pay attention to where and how you place hyperlinks in text on the screen. Here are guidelines, with dead-link examples : First, be sure your style makes the link look like a link. Use a distinct color. Nielsen and others advocate for keeping it the browser-default blue; I don’t see anyone getting confused by a [...]
In general, users prefer the “action” items on a Web page to follow some sort of understandable flow — I’ll propose a linear flow moving down and right. By action items, I mean buttons or links where I can do stuff — submit a form, click to a subtopic, etc. And as noted elsewhere, users [...]
…from a long hiatus, during which a difficult redesign, as well as a major application “crash,” sapped any energy I might have had for blogging. Lotsa changes around here, so stay tuned.