Usability heuristics: Debating the fundamentals

You read Nielsen’s 10 usability heuristics and will learn many more design & usability principles in the next two weeks.

After you learn the rules, the next step is to learn how to break them. This UX Magazine post about debating the fundamentals is an example of how to think about breaking the rules. I highly recommend you read it.

What are your thoughts about breaking the rules? Should you? Should you not? When? Why?

  1. While I did notice some tradeoffs while optimizing to one heuristic or the other, it didn’t jump out that all of them were quite so opposite as suggested by the article. That seems like a good reason to call them heuristics instead of rules. Rule often implies something that should not be broken, whereas heuristic implies guiding principle.

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