I am thinking of putting together a half-day course for CHI 2007. As
I prepare for it, I'm curious about something. What, in your
experience, are the most common design mistakes made by novice or
untrained designers? (Or those most likely to be taking an
introductory CHI course?)
I'm thinking of mistakes like these:
* Inability to use visual hierarchy to properly structure a page.
* Poor use of alignment, grouping, and whitespace, leading to a page
that's easy to misread.
* Content-thin pages, requiring too many clicks to get something done.
* Not anticipating user goofs, thus requiring users to reenter
information or otherwise repeat themselves.
* Thoroughly gratuitous -- and irritating -- use of animation.
And so on. What else have you seen in your work with less-experienced
(The course will focus on the design of Web applications, though not
exclusively. I will be teaching UI patterns along with it, but I want
to do a course with a little more depth than just a recitation of
common patterns! What fun would that be?)