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Chapter 9. DVD Menu Usability: Guideline... > Basic Design Principles Can Improve ...

Basic Design Principles Can Improve Usability

Design Tip

Design guidelines are useful as a safe starting point for design, or to help justify certain subjective design decisions, but they're not absolute or infallible in all design situations.

For that reason we prefer to call them “guidelines” rather than “rules.”


If you approach menu design using the four basic design principles described in The Non-Designer's Design Book, by Robin Williams, your usability score will improve. Other books about design may list more complex principles or they may use other terms for similar concepts, but they generally agree that these are important things to consider. Our four principles of design are contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity.


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