Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Jun 2012 12:19 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces It's been one of my major pet peeves on both Android and iOS: the total and utter lack of consistency. Applications - whether first party or third party - all seem to live on islands, doing their own thing, making their own design choices regarding basic UI interactions, developing their own non-standard buttons and controls. Consistency died five years ago, and nobody seems to care but me.
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RE: UI consistency died much earlier
by zima on Mon 18th Jun 2012 14:43 UTC in reply to "UI consistency died much earlier"
zima
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2005-07-06

Websites in general (yeah, that kinda includes OSNews ;) ).

Large part of those Android or iOS applications are basically "web 3.0" - they are often little more than custom UI to a single website or feed.
And majority of what Thom wrote in Conceptual part applies to web pages. Plus, WRT one other bit in the article...

users can carry over their experience from one application to the next, making the whole experience of using a UI more fluid. Applications should be the means to an end - not the end itself.

Maybe that's not necessarily perceived as a good thing for app makers (or website owners), users not being very used to particular app UI, and able to effortlessly move to others. As far as those who make them are concerned, apps are the end itself.


Overall, really, I'd say UI consistency never was very strictly followed; a bit stillborn.

Edited 2012-06-18 14:57 UTC

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Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

Websites in general (yeah, that kinda includes OSNews ;) ).


I think there's often more consistency on the web than there is between different applications in an OS.

Every website is running within the same browser, using the same window controls, keyboard shortcuts, toolbars, menus, mouse gestures and so on. If I right click on a link, or highlight and drag a block of text, or open a file dialog, or perform loads of other interactions, they'll all work pretty consistently across different websites.

Even when it comes to the websites themselves, there are certain design elements that are relatively consistent between similar sites.

Most of the forums and blogs I read have a similar layout and comment system. If I go to one I haven't visited before it's highly unlikely that there's anything new I'll have to learn.

I've been shopping around for some PC components recently. Before even visiting a new online store I can guess where navigation elements will be placed, and how product listings will be laid out. The vast majority follow roughly the same template.

In my experience, websites that go their own way and break conventions with a radically different design have to be very well thought out, otherwise the inconsistency will really annoy users.

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