I hereby coin the term “gurule” — and announce that I’m tired of gurules.
By “gurule” I mean overly simplistic rules made up by design gurus, mostly for the purpose of sounding smart and making a name for themselves.
“The Back Button is Always Bad”
“Redundancy is Bad”
“Frames are Bad”
Hm, usually they seem to be about things that are bad.
Not long ago I posted a comment on IA Slash about this.
Yes some things are usually a sign of flawed design, and some things are typically hallmarks of good design, but sticking these insights into categorical pronouncements is just one more step in the slippery slope to hell that is the powerpointification of America.