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Author Topic: Good UI design blog: flow|state  (Read 3450 times)

zridling

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Good UI design blog: flow|state
« on: September 12, 2005, 08:50:21 AM »
Here's an understandable and well-done UI design blog by Jan Miksovsky called flow|state. He's not afraid to point out where Microsoft sucks, and now that he has a Mac, shows how it's also awful in some ways. Good reading for developers

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Re: Good UI design blog: flow|state
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2005, 11:51:34 AM »
i really love these user interface discussions, especiall the ones that discuss user interface bad design - because you kind of know it when you see it, but it's sometimes hard to put your finger on why, and how to fix - and it's great to read some of these people who just intuitively know the proper way to design things.

having helped a person set up a mac mini, i have to say my distaste for apple has only grown; on one hand it was super easy to set up - but on the other hand, when it had a bit of trouble connecting to the lan, the behavior and error messages were totally useless.

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Re: Good UI design blog: flow|state
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2005, 03:31:44 PM »
Oh great, now I'm Fitts-izing all my PowerPro thingummys and running everything full screen. THANKS GUYS!
What am I talking about? read where flow|state took me: http://www.asktog.co...gnedToGiveFitts.html
« Last Edit: September 21, 2005, 12:16:57 PM by Edvard »

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Re: Good UI design blog: flow|state
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2005, 07:06:38 AM »
Excellent link, Edvard. I often wonder why devs seem to make dialogs too small or with numerous tabs when 2-5 will more than do. The Fitts articles makes a lot of sense. If you make it hard for me to do the simple, repetitive things in your program, I will look for another program rather than risk Carpel-Tunnels Syndrome.

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Re: Good UI design blog: flow|state
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2005, 05:00:03 PM »
Also take a look at http://www.symphonyos.com/ and Jason's Laws of Interface Design. I think the Mezzo Desktop concept of desk-wide menus might be confusing at first, but it kinda looks like what M$ may have originally had in mind with Active Desktop. Also a similar idea was asked for in the IDEA: giant start menu Coding Snack request. Hmmm...
Also for those interested, there is the OpenUsability Group (working for usability in Open Source projects) who ran GIMP through the ringer.