Good usability is an integral part of successful app design. Back in 1994, Jakob Nielsen coined 10 general principles for interaction design, which he called usability heuristics. These heuristics were developed based on years of experience in human-computer interaction and became guiding standards for designers who want to create easy-to-use interfaces.
This article will review the 10 usability heuristics and share helpful examples of how you can apply these principles to your app.
1. Visibility of system status
Don’t make the user guess what is happening. Apps should always keep the user informed about what’s going on through appropriate feedback within a reasonable amount of time.
A lack of information leads to a lack of control. On the other hand, when a user knows what’s going on at every moment of time, they feel in control and start to trust the system.