Everyone would agree that usability is an important aspect of Web design. Whether you’re working on a portfolio website, online store or Web app, making your pages easy and enjoyable for your visitors to use is key. Many studies have been done over the years on various aspects of Web and interface design, and the findings are valuable in helping us improve our work.
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Summary: Users hate change, so it's usually best to stay with a familiar design and evolve it gradually. In the long run, however, incrementalism eventually destroys cohesiveness, calling for a new UI architecture. You often hear design team members (or their management) say, "We need a fresh design." This usually gets redesign projects off on a wrong footing, with the wrong goals and strategy.
Yeah, we've shown you a couple LED faucets before, but this one is different. Check it: rather than just making your water blue, which makes you feel like you're doing the dishes with antifreeze, it changes color based on the temperature, making you feel like you're doing the dishes with either antifreeze or Gatorade. It's a cool concept, as you won't have to worry about scorching your hand while testing the water again.
Matthew Lewis, 2000