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  • 80/20 Rule

A

  • Anti-Pattern
  • Adaptive Web Design (AWD)
  • Agile
  • Anchoring
  • Atomic Design
  • Affordance
  • Aesthetic-Usability Effect
  • A/B Testing

B

  • Brainstorming

C

  • Cognitive Bias
  • Constraint
  • Card Sorting
  • Chunking
  • Colour Theory
  • Call to Action
  • Cognitive Load
  • Content Strategy
  • Cooperative Principle

D

  • Design Pattern
  • Dark Patterns
  • Data-Driven Design

E

  • Ethnography
  • Eye Tracking

F

  • Folksonomy
  • Five Hat Racks
  • Flexibility-Usability Tradeoff
  • Fitts’ Law
  • Fogg’s Behaviour Model
  • Findability

G

  • Graceful Degradation
  • Grid
  • Gestalt Laws of Grouping

H

  • Hook Model
  • Hick’s Law
  • Heuristic Evaluation

I

  • Information Architecture
  • Iterative Design New

J

  • Job Stories

K

  • Kano Model
  • Kairos
  • KISS Principle

L

  • Laddering
  • Leading
  • Law of Triviality
  • Lean UX
  • Legibility vs. Readability
  • Learnability

M

  • Modular Scale
  • Miller’s Law
  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
  • Mapping
  • Mental/Conceptual Models
  • Mobile-First Design
  • Multivariate Testing

N

  • Native, Web and Hybrid Apps

O

  • Omni-channel UX
  • Ockham's Razor

P

  • Pattern Library
  • Peak-End Rule
  • Persuasive Design
  • Paper Prototyping
  • Progressive Enhancement
  • Participatory Design
  • Personas
  • Progressive Disclosure
  • Privacy by Design New

R

  • Recognition over Recall
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Responsive Web Design (RWD)
  • Reciprocity

S

  • Satisficing
  • Skeuomorphism
  • Social Proof
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • Sitemap
  • Style Tiles
  • Searchability

T

  • Tunnelling
  • The Fold
  • The 'Good Enough' Principle
  • Think-Aloud Protocol

U

  • User stories
  • User Journey
  • UX Versus UI
  • User Experience
  • User Testing
  • User-Centred Design
  • Usability
  • URL-First Design

V

  • Visual Weight

W

  • Web Accessibility
  • Wireframe

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