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Learning to See 

Oliver Reichenstein:

Design as functional beauty is an expert’s view on products. However, for non-designers “well designed” tends to mean nothing more than “I like it” or “it looks good to me”. This likability comes from the visual appearance of the object, and is a personal expression of taste — a feeling, not an analysis.

Oliver Reichenstein setzt sich mit verschiedenen Bedeutungen und Aspekten des Begriffes “Design” auseinander. Er geht dabei auf funktionale und ästhetische Aspekte ein und beschäftigt sich außerdem mit der “The best interface is no interface”-These auseinander:

“No design” in the literal sense is never a good quality of a product. “No design” is the diametral opposite of “beautiful design”. Taken literally “no design” is, simply put, nothing but shit.

Einer der inspirierendsten Artikel, die ich in letzter Zeit gelesen habe. Los los, lesen gehen!

What to call “Cancel” when “Cancel” is already the default action? 

When attempting to cancel a service or setting, “cancel” is the default action. What should the normal “cancel” button be called?

Das richtige Beschriften von Elementen in Benutzeroberflächen ist manchmal gar nicht so einfach, wie diese Diskussion zeigt. Manchmal muss man einen Moment länger darüber nachdenken. Die Antworten sind lesenswert und lehrreich!

People don’t open software apps for no reason. 

In einer Diskussion über die Gestaltung von Dashboards greift Ryan Singer von 37Signals einen spannenden und wichtigen Gedanken für die Gestaltung von Benutzeroberflächen auf:

People don’t open software apps for no reason. They are trying to do something. If you can connect the elements on your screen with things people are actively trying to do in the moment they load that screen, that’s a strong justification for your design choice.

Warum öffnet der Nutzer in diesem Moment diese Anwendung/Webseite? sollte man sich öfter fragen! Im Übrigen: Seine Antwort insgesamt ist sehr lesenswert.

Belting. My Simple Resolution Reminder 

Eric Koester hat sich für das neue Jahr vorgenommen mehr zu lachen. Er sucht dafür eine Gedächtnisstütze, die ihn immer wieder mal daran erinnert:

Seems easy enough, but it was something I really wanted to make sure to accomplish. I needed a way to remind myself to smile. I didn’t want a calendar reminder or an auto emailer or some other trick. How could I remind myself to smile more?

Weiterlesen lohnt sich!

Microsoft still doesn’t understand consumers 

Interessanter Erfahrungsbericht von Owen Williams:

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been trialing Samsung’s Ativ Smart PC, the flagship Windows 8 convertible for the company. What I thought would be an experience of the future of computing (with a ultraportable, tablet PC) ended up being an exercise in futility which showed just how much Microsoft doesn’t get it still.

You might think these are nit-picky problems, but these problems are issues that have existed since I can remember in Windows. If someone goes and buy a brand new tablet from the store, it should just work out of the box. It should behave how you expect.

Ryan Singer on user experience 

You can compare it to browser rendering. Web designers know that if the site isn’t built in the right way, the browser won’t render it as you intended on the screen. The same thing happens when we look at the screen ourselves. There is a process of perception that looks at the screen, notices or doesn’t notice certain elements, makes judgements about what is there and determines what is possible.

Usability Expert: Windows 8 on PCs is Confusing, a Cognitive Burden 

Nicht mehr ganz frisch, dennoch interessant: Ein Interview zur Usability von Windows 8.

Windows 8 is optimized for content consumption rather than content production and multitasking. Whereas content consumption can easily be done on other media (tablets and phones), production and multitasking are still best suited for PCs. Windows 8 appears to ignore that.

Das ist in der Tat zu befürchten. Mit Windows 8 ignoriert Microsoft nahezu vollständig, dass eine Desktop-Computer auf eine andere Art und Weise verwendet wird als Tablets oder Smartphones.

Raluca Budiu über das Entfernen des Start-Menüs:

The advantage of the overlaid menu is that it preserves context. Cognitively, there’s more of a burden when you have to switch context twice (desktop->start screen; start screen -> desktop).

For the PC case, I think that if you are going to have two environments, consistency is important, because otherwise people will always have to keep track of which action to use in which environment – which is an extra burden on their memory. So although the start menu is the cheaper solution (in terms of interaction cost), not using it in the desktop environment is probably the right thing to do …

und über in den Ecken versteckte Menüs:

Hovering before using a menu does slow users down, but that’s not the major problem. The fact that the menus are hidden is primarily what slows users down – remember that what’s out of sight is out of mind.

The Story of the New Microsoft.com 

This week marked the real launch of the new Microsoft.com home page. And as someone who has been involved on and off with the project from the moment it was conceived, I thought I’d tell you the story, albeit extensively abridged, behind the new Microsoft.com.

Grab a seat.

Großartiger Artikel über die Entstehungsgeschichte der neuen Microsoft-Homepage. Sehr lesenswert!

Stop Pagination Now 

Spannende Gedanken über das Aufteilen von Artikeln auf Webseiten auf mehrere Seiten:

Pagination persists because splitting a single-page article into two pages can, in theory, yield twice as many opportunities to display ads—though in practice it doesn’t because lots of readers never bother to click past the first page. The practice has become so ubiquitous that it’s numbed many publications and readers into thinking that multipage design is how the Web has always been, and how it should be.

Treat text as a user interface 

95% of the information on the web is written language. It is only logical to say that a web designer should get good training in the main discipline of shaping written information, in other words: Typography.

Yes, it is annoying how different browsers and platforms render fonts, and yes, the resolution issue makes it hard to stay focused for more than five minutes. But, well, it is part of a web designer’s job to make sure that texts are easy and nice to read on all major browsers and platforms.

Oliver Reichenstein von den “Information Architects” über den Stellenwert von Typographie in Webdesign. Lesenswerter, wenn auch schon etwas älterer Artikel!

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