Table of Contents
- Universality begets complexity.
- Complexity scales exponentially with the number of added features.
- Optimize the right thing(s).
- You are not the typical user.
- The easier you make it for someone to do something, the more likely they are to do it.
- Users don’t read.
- If in doubt, do the default.
- If in doubt, make a mistake.
- Users develop models, except they don't. They develop habits.
- No one will solve a problem when they know a workaround.
- What, not how.
Not actually maxims, but rather some trends that can get you into trouble.
- Make corner cases no more difficult than typical cases, even if it makes the typical cases cumbersome. (See “Universality begets complexity,” and “Optimize the right thing(s)”.)
- Minimum plausible affordances.
Mithat's Laws of Opinion
- For every opinion, there is an equal and opposite opinion.
- An opinion in motion will remain unchanged even when acted on by an external force.
- The acceleration of an opinion depends on the outrageousness of the opinion times the number of times the opinion is seen.
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