Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Do more with less

You can do more with less by reducing your design to its essence, and solving for distractions,
not discoverability. Create a clean and purposeful experience by leaving only the most relevant
elements on screen so people can be immersed in the content.

  • Be great at something instead of mediocre at many things.
  • Put content before chrome.
  • Be visually focused and direct, letting people get immersed in what they love, and they will explore the rest.
  • Inspire confidence in users. 

Desktop browsers have quite a lot of chrome (menus, options, status bars, and so on) that is
only sometimes useful. Typically, however, users open a browser to see a webpage, not to
interact with the browser. Moving commands off the browser chrome and into the app bar or
into charms helps users focus on what they care about.

Copied from Windows 8 User Experience Guidelines