User Experience Guidelines
Since the user experience field is diffuse and continually evolving, there is no one standard set of guidelines. As with most aspects of user experience, guidelines are often contextual based on the Web site, product, and situation. Consistency, solid design, best practices, and compliance with human factors are aspects that can assist with guidelines to produce usable Web sites.
One of the best overall styles guides is the Web Style Guide, Fourth Edition.
The following is a variety of government Web sites that offer style guides and general user experience guidelines:
- United States Government Usability Web site
- United States Web Design System (USWDS)
- UXPA Body of Knowledge (BOK)
- National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
- UK Government Design Principles Guidance
Design Patterns are interaction patterns that are used frequently in user interface design. Often these are common and repeatable patterns that help with building a consistency user experience into a Web site.
- Compendium of Design Patterns & Style Guides
- List of Design Pattern Libraries
- Misused Mobile Design Patterns
All inquiries are welcome at usability [at] mit.edu.