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For several years, I've refered back to Microsoft's best user experience guide document but I'm starting to think that by just using one guide as my, uh, guide, I may be narrowing my horizons a little.

Are there any other decently written guides out there that are in the same vein, that are worth reading, or that you hold dear?

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Apple Human Interface Guidelines

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thats brilliant - I didn't even think to check apple, despite them creating some very elegent interfaces! doh me –  Rodger Sep 10 '10 at 20:18
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Here's a list of HIGs on Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… –  Patrick McElhaney Sep 10 '10 at 20:52
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Apple

iPhone & iPad (iOS) User Experience Guidelines

iPhone & iPad (iOS) User Interface Guidelines

Mac OS X User Experience Guidelines

Mac OS X User Interface Guidelines

Google

Android User Interface Guidelines

Design Principles

Google TV Web Site Optimization Resources

Website Design & Content Guidelines

BlackBerry

Blackberry Browser Content Design Guidelines (PDF)

User Interface Guidelines for Blackberry Playbook Tablet

User Interface Guidelines for Blackberry Smartphones

Microsoft

Microsoft Surface User Experience Guidelines

Windows Mobile User Interface Guidelines

Windows Touch User Interface Guidelines

Windows User Experience & User Interface Guidelines

IBM

Design Principles

User experience guidelines for IBM Lotus rich client applications and plug-ins

Adobe

Adobe Flex UI Design and RIA Workflow

HP

User Interface Guidelines for Palm webOS

Enyo Design Guidelines

Motorola

Motorola Best Practices for Android User Interface

Nokia

Design & User Experience Library

Design Principles

Hildon UI Style Guide

Symbian Design Guidelines

Usability & Design Resources

Ux Resources

Oracle

Design Guidelines for Oracle Applications

Java Look and Feel Design Guidelines (Sun Microsystems)

Samsung

Samsung bada Application User Interface Guide

SonyEricsson

User Interface Rulebook (PDF)

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Please copy the content from your blog here and don't link to non-English resources without a warning –  dnbrv Feb 21 '12 at 14:18
    
Now it is issued correctly? (: –  denis.efremov Feb 21 '12 at 14:50
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+1 This is great; exactly what the OP was after, but also a really useful set of links for everyone. If I could favourite-star Answers as well as just Questions this would get a favourite from me. –  JonW Feb 21 '12 at 14:57
    
And here is twitter's twitter.github.com/bootstrap it's also a free kit of HTML, JavaScript and Popular user interface comps –  Motaz Al-Thaher Feb 21 '12 at 22:31
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I also like Alan Cooper's About Face 3: Essentials of Interaction Design as a resource, as well as the quick and dirty Nielsen Heuristics

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Here's perhaps the ultimate list of HIGs doing the rounds at the moment, which includes various desktop, mobile, and brand guidelines.

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Another good Alan Cooper book is "The Inmates are running the Asylum" - this is good for understanding why so many user experiences suck. If you read it thoughtfully, you'll start thinking about UX in new ways.

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You can also see the official Windows User Experience Interaction Guidelines for Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Also available in pdf format. This is a very detailed guide at almost 900 pages. It has many screen shots from windows 7 with pixel size measurements, grammar etc.

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