Best/Common Practice Sites

7 Nov 2003 - 3:01am
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Peter Boersma
2003

Challis wrote:
> Has anyone heard of similar sites for other areas of design?

My fomer colleague Martijn van Welie manages a collection of interface
design patterns at:

http://www.welie.com/patterns/index.html
(it seems to be down at the moment, but please try again)

Peter
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6 Nov 2003 - 10:56am
Challis Hodge
2003

Have any of you had a chance to look at Web Design Practices?
(http://www.webdesignpractices.com)

I'd be curious to know what people think about this resource in particular
and maybe others like it.

Has anyone heard of similar sites for other areas of design?

It seems to me to be a good way to share and discuss best/common practices
objectively.

-challis

6 Nov 2003 - 9:11pm
Victor Lombardi
2003

I think pointing out common practice helps us know
what emerging conventions exist. My personal
philosophy states that if I can't guarantee what I
design is better than a convention my users already
understand, I use the convention instead.

But I stress "emerging" as our field is so young and
there is a lot of room for improvement.

>From a collection like this it may be natural to
derive guidelines we can follow. I think this approach
falls short. Researchers have shown that even
experienced designers can only satisfy 75% of the
constraints they are given[1]. With sites like this
and the multitude of web design books listing
guidelines, we cannot possibly follow them all, they
overwhelm our memory and cognitive ability to work in
such a framework.

Personally I think a better answer to improving design
quality is through process. I rarely see designers
that have a process that goes down to the interface
level, and when I do the results are consistently
good.

[1] The WebTango project at U. Washington, formerly at
Berkeley, have been researching designers ability to
follow guidelines:
<http://webtango.ischool.washington.edu/papers/>

> Subject: [ID Discuss] Best/Common Practice Sites
> Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 09:56:07 -0600
> From: "Challis Hodge" <challis at challishodge.com>
>
> Have any of you had a chance to look at Web Design
> Practices?
> (http://www.webdesignpractices.com)
>
> I'd be curious to know what people think about this
> resource in particular
> and maybe others like it.

=====
Victor Lombardi
http://www.noisebetweenstations.com

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