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Designing User Interfaces for an Aging Population by Kate Finn, Jeff Johnson

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Appendix

Design Guidelines

Vision

3.1 Maximize legibility of essential text

▪ Use large fonts.

▪ Use plain fonts.

▪ Use mixed case.

▪ Make text enlargeable.

▪ Make information easy to scan.

▪ Use plain backgrounds.

▪ Use static text.

▪ Leave plenty of space.

3.2 Simplify: Remove unnecessary visual elements

▪ Present few calls to action.

▪ Keep graphics relevant.

▪ Don’t distract.

▪ Minimize clutter.

3.3 Visual language: Create an effective graphical language and use it consistently

▪ Maintain visual consistency.

▪ Make controls prominent.

▪ Indicate strongly, not subtly.

▪ Change links on hover.

▪ Mark visited links or not?

▪ Label redundantly.

3.4 Use color judiciously

▪ Use color sparingly.

▪ Mix colors carefully.

▪ Use distinguishable link colors.

▪ Combine color with ...

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