Sunday, February 5, 2012

User Interface rants.

I hate computer upgrades. Bastard Operator From Hell tells the reasons here in quite an informing way.
But although the BOFH article is a joke, it is only funny because it is a mirror of real live. There is nothing I'm interested in doing in Word that I could not do in Version 2. And Words 2 interface was simple and user friendly.
I'll tell you here and now the secret behind Apples success. Nice looking gadgets that have simple user interface that works ALL THE TIME. The funny thing is that (probably soon to be "Saint Steve") Jobs didn't design the user interfaces, or even the gadgets. His genius was in rejecting bad designs and being willing to pay the designers until they came up with simple good working system.
Lot of new software has no buttons to click on (it is to keep the interface clean and simple). Instead there is just a text somewhere on the screen, that may get frame around it when the mouse pointer hovers above it so you finally realize that this is the button you're looking for. This is almost 2D effect and reminds me of the original Apple user interface. The same Apple interface that "Saint Steve" spent so much effort to change later in his live.
I also hate when designers ask people what features they would want in the software. People don't know what they want. "Saint Steve" never asked customers what they wanted.
Most of all I hate it when software companies change the user interface because the customers asked them for features that the customers will never use and the software companies use the opportunity to raise the price of the software because now it does much more than it used to do.

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