How To Minimize Errors

Errors happen. It’s inevitable that any system will fail at times. Often failures are attributed to human error. Most, though are really due to design errors. As designers what can we do to minimize errors and their effects on our sites and in our applications?

Unknown error dialog box

Fortunately we can communicate through a variety design strategies in a way that reduce both the frequency of errors on the sites we build and the magnitude of those errors that inevitably occur.

There are a number of strategies and a lot to cover. We’ll begin today with a look at errors in general, the different types and causes of errors, and offer a quick mention of the strategies at our disposal. Then we’ll look in more detail at the first of these strategies for countering errors, affordance. Continue reading