Top 10 Application-Design Mistakes

21st Feb 2008

Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox declares the top 10 application-design mistakes:

  1. Non-standard GUI controls
  2. Inconsistency
  3. No perceived affordance
  4. No feedback
  5. Bad error messages
  6. Asking for the same info twice
  7. No default values
  8. Dumping users into the app
  9. Not indicating how info will be used
  10. System-centric features

And a bonus mistake: don't use the reset button on web forms.