Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Jun 2007 13:44 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Federkiel writes: "People working with Apple computers are used to a very consistent user experience. For a large part this stems from the fact that the Lisa type of GUI does not have the fight between MDI and SDI. The question simply never arises, because the Lisa type of GUI does not offer the choice to create either of both; it's something different all along. I usually think of it as 'MDI on steroids unified with a window manager'. It virtually includes all benefits of a SDI and and the benefits of an MDI." Read on for how I feel about this age-old discussion.
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Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

I think there's something you aren't getting either: Everyone is different.

Exactly, which is what I said in the article. And because of this, it is hard (impossible) to claim that one design is better than the other - you can, at best, claim that one design is better than the other, for you.

But that's far and away a different kettle of fish than if someone did studies (on virgin subjects) to determine which (if any), of a myriad of different interface styles people liked. And the one that grabbed the most amount of people in total is very much more likely to be the one that the greatest amount of people disliked least, than the one they liked best.

How nice that is in theory, that research would most likely prove to be fairly useless in the western world, since everyone here basically has experience with graphical user interfaces.

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superstoned Member since:
2005-07-07

Even saying a design is better FOR YOU just means it's what you're used too... Wasn't there an article about this, ppl who simply preferred a familiar interface over another one, even if the second one was 'objectively' much more usable... ???

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