Large software organizations (such as Apple, Microsoft, and Google) create design guidelines to help both users and designers.
- On the one hand, designers and developers can get a head start on creating interfaces that will hopefully be good, without needing to invent (and test) all-new UI elements.
- On the other hand, users get a consistent look-and-feel across applications running on the same operating system if all designers comply with these guidelines.
Following style guides is almost always recommended. But there are some cases where the official design does not work well in practice. Nonetheless, for reasons unknown — maybe the recommendation was a trade-off, it wasn’t thoroughly researched, or it...