RTFM: Things You Missed in the HIG

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September 28, 2013

RTFM: Things You Missed in the HIG

The human interface guidelines are the fundamental document for designing and developing for iOS, but how many of us have read it cover to cover?

I did, 5 times.

There are dozens of design problems that iOS and Mac developers run into every day that have already been solved right within the pages of the HIG. I’ll walk through these commonly missed gems and explain why I think the HIG should win (most) arguments on your team.

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Matthew Bischoff

September 28, 2013
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    0. Do not die. 1. Be yourself. 2. Love. 3.

    Matter. 4. Be honest and clear. 5. Earn trust. 6. Believe in something. 7. Be courteous to others. 8. Have a few good friends. 9. Have good intentions. 10. Make things. 11. Do what you enjoy. 12. Enjoy what you do. 13. Treat people like equals. 14. Be neither bored nor boring. 15. Waste no time. 16. Do more than the minimum. 17. Be empathetic. 18. Be funny. 19. Laugh. 20. Break the rules.
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    @mb

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    Being an iOS developer without reading the HIG is like

    being a priest without reading the bible.
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    0 1.75 3.5 5.25 7 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

    2005 2006 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Mac iOS
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    Taps ≠ Clicks Screens ≠ Pages Customers ≠ Uniques Buttons

    ≠ Links Interface Builder ≠ CSS Apps ≠ Websites
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    An app definition statement is a concise, concrete declaration of

    an app’s main purpose and its intended audience.
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    Mail on iPhone is designed to help mobile users handle

    their email while they’re standing in line or walking to a meeting.
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    Mail on iPad is efficient enough for people to use

    on the go, but its rich experience also encourages more in- depth use.
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    It’s a free, fun, and simple way to make and

    share gorgeous photos on your iPhone.
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    A social magazine that lets people discover and share content

    in beautiful, simple, and meaningful ways.
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    A simple way to journal for people who want to

    write and recall more information about their lives.
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    The best way to read news for people who rely

    on their phone as the primary source of news.
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    1. List all the features you think users might like

    2. Determine who your users are 3. Filter the feature list through the audience definition 4. Don’t stop there
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    “If you think that following these guidelines will result in

    a plain, boring launch image, you’re right.”
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    When the alert title... Use... Is a sentence fragment or

    a single sentence that is not a question Title-style capitalization and no ending punctuation Is a single sentence that is a question Sentence-style capitalization and an ending question mark Consists of two or more sentences Sentence-style capitalization and appropriate ending punctuation for each sentence
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    Ads

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    G E S T U R E S A R

    E K E Y B O A R D S H O R T C U T S
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