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Learn How To Win Your Design Battles
- Benjamin Kuker
- December 07, 2010
There are a number of poor user-interface patterns that have cropped up over the years: Flash intros, music or videos that play automatically (and don't care that your speakers were accidentally left on full-blast), animated GIFs, pop-up ads, cursor trails, hearts falling down across the screen, and...well, you get the idea.
Many of these anti-patterns were developed in the early days of the web when any interactivity beyond the hyperlink was novel, even if it was unfriendly to users. Even today from time to time, clients, colleagues, and family members all get that telltale gleam in their eyes and somehow you just know what is going to come next.
"Hey, what if we...", they start to say as your eyes gloss over and you silently wonder how you arrived in your current situation.
In this brief article, I'm going to give you the winning argument for most of these impending design battles. You won't win every battle, but you'll have a lot better chance at avoiding having to implement anti-patterns in your designs.
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