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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Consistency is overrated
by dacloo123 on Tue 19th Jun 2012 23:41 UTC
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2012-06-19

Consistency is overrated.

In your ideal world an OS maker would come up with guidelines and all developers need to follow these? What happens if the OS maker has bad guidelines or stops innovating?

UI is organic. Consistency to a certain degree is very useful (especially behaving like the user expects, feed-forward if you will) but too much of if will stall innovation. Good things come from experimentations.
If people don't like it, the app in question will not sell and therefore die a horrible death.
Also I think a UI should be consistent with itself, not too much across the board of an OS. I like different scrollbars when I'm editing a video, I like big buttons when I'm 75 years old, etc. Consistency stands in the way of giving the app personality.

I bet people even think an app is easier if it's inconsistent to another one. You quickly recognize how you should behave and act so the app doesn't blend in with other apps.
People get used to 'inconsistent GUIs' very quickly, a good thing

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