I see a lot of questions here asking about established conventions or standards. This question has it roots in this discussion about an app drawer icon being a convention or not. I would like to know what factors do you think contribute for having an ongoing pattern or trend establish as a standard. There are some things that come to my mind:
- Standardized through exhaustive empirical studies and user research - For example, there can be numerous papers and studies on well-known/established mediums and platforms like SIGCHI or IXDA.
- Trend adopted by mass influencers like Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc
- Recommended by pioneers like NN/g
- Time - If a trend has been present over a long time, people tend to see it as a convention. Although, this can be a subjective matter and comes with more questions like how long is the time period? What is the adoption rate? Does it run the risk of becoming irrelevant over a period of time?
What factors do you consider? Can you share a case study/personal experience wherein you adopted an ongoing trend because of some strong factor?
I can make a very rough analogy to mathematics here in the form of axioms,theorems and conjectures. Axioms are always true, conjecture is a proposition which appears to be correct and theorem is a proven result. So, an ongoing trend would be like a conjecture?