The term 'intuitive' gets bandied around a lot in the context of user interface design, but what does it really mean and what are the principles of intuitive design?

To begin with, let us understand the meaning of intuitive. It is something that you do more or less automatically, without too much conscious effort. You aren't born with intuitive skills, you learn them. You may have learned how to perform a particular task by having being taught it, by watching someone do it, by reading how to do it, or by experiment, and once the process has been understood, you begin applying the knowledge in similar or different situations and the more you use it the less you have to think about how to use it. It becomes intuitive to you.

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