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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I can only agree
by greygandalf on Tue 19th Jun 2012 08:06 UTC
greygandalf
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2008-04-07

I can only agree. User experience is nowadays terrible.
I don't care nor follow the tablet/smartphone market very much, but I see its influence in how the desktop application gets ruined. The Macintosh gets iphonized every new release. Some apps get absolutely horrible pieces of interface just to "mimick" other touch devices. I'm thinking of skype for example! Or the way iTunes and the mac Finder developed.
But there is something even worse: web applications. The "mighty cloud" makes terrible applications with inconsitent user interfaces, poor element design. And they even need to change from release to release so that the application feels "fresh".
Gone is the time of beautiful NeXT applications, clean Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines...

That's why today I can just work on GNUstep. Of course other users will try it and toss it: it doesn' t have those Brushy windows apple haas, or other useless flashy effects.

Bauhaus design taught that From follows Function. The user interface is part of the "form". But today the first thing must be the looks, the function must be somehow "fit in".

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RE: I can only agree
by zima on Mon 25th Jun 2012 23:51 in reply to "I can only agree"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I can only agree. User experience is nowadays terrible.

Don't over-dramatise... user experience nowadays enables for tons of people a quite comfortable use of their ~computers - much more so than was the case in the past. Many (most?) even like the new ~smartphone models of interaction, new paths and experiments, which will likely help many more in efficient usage of ~computers.

OTOH, you hold on to a GUI ...basically from the beginning of GUI. It's a virtual certainty that's it's far from optimal (and it didn't see very much uptake or strict cloning).
Movies or music are always better in the old times...

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