Jakob Nielsen’s Usability Heuristics

Nowadays, I’m trying to broaden my knowledge on usability testing and I just came accross with the guy named Jakob Nielsen. If you are not familiar with him, he is a well known usability consultant who is highly effective matters concerned user experience. I guess I have a long way to go on this subject but it is always better to be on the road instead of just sitting and thinking about the journey.

There are a lot of sources on Nielsen’s priciples for user interface design but I just want to mention them on here briefly. Here they are;

  • Visibility of system status
  • Match between system and the real world
  • User control and freedom
  • Consistency and standards
  • Error prevention
  • Recognition rather than recall
  • Flexibility and efficiency of use
  • Aesthetic and minimalist design
  • Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors
  • Help and documentation


Here is a good source which explains these principles with examples and here is Nielsen’s one of the latest speech at UX Conference 2017.