Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Sep 2009 23:10 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces You probably missed this earth-shattering news, but Ikea IKEA, the Swedish furniture and other assorted home decoration products company, has switched fonts. The company always used the Futura font for its catalogues, but the latest edition has ditched it in favour of Verdana. This has caused quite the stir among typography geeks.
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RE[2]: Fonts
by CrLf on Fri 4th Sep 2009 11:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Fonts"
CrLf
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I assert (in no particular order) that if we'd never left green screens, productivity would be higher, the world GDP would be greater, we wouldn't be in this recession, and I would likely be happier. :-)


You might be exaggerating, but I often think that text-based terminals provided for better applications in the (boring) business environment. This can be attributed to nostalgia, but since I didn't live in those days (I may have used DOS, and I may be a unix sysadmin now, but I never worked in the mainframe+terminal days), I guess this is hardly the case.

But lets see why:

1. Programmers (especially in the business environment) tend to suck at designing user interfaces (may they be fat or web clients) and waste too much time on it when they could be improving the logic;

2. A more limited UI (limited for the users and limited for the programmers) would force a focus on the automation instead of overloading the user (and this happens on graphical UIs both because of the programmers _and_ the users - which keep asking for more and more "knobs" until the final product eats more user brain cycles than the work it was supposed to simplify);

3. UIs would be more consistent and more easier to grasp for users (which seem to be less confused by text fields than innumerable graphical widgets and navigation styles). Additionally, business apps mostly have awful interfaces and are utterly confusing and inconsistent at best. See 1. and 2.

Of course, I'm talking about business apps here, where functionality is the important part. In the consumer space, this would be completely unfeasible (and stupid).

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