Mobile User Experience Guidelines

Can’t think of a better list than the table of contents in Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines:

  • Focus on the Primary Task
  • Elevate the Content that People Care About
  • Think Top Down
  • Give People a Logical Path to Follow
  • Make Usage Easy and Obvious
  • Use User-Centric Terminology
  • Minimize the Effort Required for User Input
  • Downplay File-Handling Operations
  • Enable Collaboration and Connectedness
  • De-emphasize Settings
  • Brand Appropriately
  • Make Search Quick and Rewarding
  • Entice and Inform with a Well-Written Description
  • Be Succinct
  • Use UI Elements Consistently
  • Consider Adding Physicality and Realism
  • Delight People with Stunning Graphics
  • Handle Orientation Changes
  • Make Targets Fingertip-Size
  • Use Subtle Animation to Communicate
  • Support Gestures Appropriately
  • Ask People to Save Only When Necessary
  • Make Modal Tasks Occasional and Simple
  • Start Instantly
  • Always Be Prepared to Stop
  • Don’t Quit Programmatically
  • If Necessary, Display a License Agreement or Disclaimer
  • Enhance Interactivity (Don’t Just Add Features)
  • Reduce Full-Screen Transitions
  • Restrain Your Information Hierarchy
  • Consider Using Popovers for Some Modal Tasks
  • Migrate Toolbar Content to the Top