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A happy developer. But she's the main() reason:
Me and J├ęssica


Apr
30
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
7
comment Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it?
@JeremyB "many different natural organisms" have spirals and fractal forms. You just posted a link to a "popular science" site, and the few examples there aren't even very convincing. I can see fractals there, but not the golden ratio. What I meant is that I can pick any number and prove that "it exists in nature", the same way that these kind of sites can pick Fibonacci's number and show you that "it exists in nature" :)
Mar
6
comment Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it?
@JeremyB Yes, but I could come up with any random number like 12:34 and say "look, for every 12 rabbits that are white, 34 are grey, so this number is holy and sacred blah blah". For example, consider this huge table of coincidences. My point is that you cannot just trust a ratio. Maybe your design will look awesome with "The Golden Ratio (tm)", maybe it will look like crap. It's just a number. And 87 studies have shown that accurate numbers are just as good as the ones you make up.
Dec
9
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
20
awarded  Yearling
Sep
28
awarded  Good Answer
Aug
8
comment Is “magic” an appropriate label for a sorting option?
@Morawski "What, are there people outside the United States?" - I feel way too many designers act like they thought that way.
Aug
8
comment How to display date and time
If you expect only English users this is fine, but otherwise this is no "best".
Aug
8
awarded  Critic
Dec
31
comment Any actual reason for complicated UIs?
I agree that complex UIs are not bad by nature (I don't like the term "complicated", because I reserve it for UIs that are unnecessarily complex), and of course I have a bias for minimalism, and I don't want to bore you with my rants, so let me just agree with that much (I think I talk too much).
Dec
30
comment Any actual reason for complicated UIs?
I like the first three examples you mentioned (especially the ribbon - but only on the Office suite, on Explorer it won't "siplify" anything), but I have to agree the Windows 7 taskbar is a little bit annoying by default. However it can be configured, and IMO that tweakability also makes part of its design - since people like us will know how to tweak it.
Dec
29
comment Any actual reason for complicated UIs?
Agreed, but it's so hard to make a design that's "too simplified", that I doubt I'll ever see one (excluded of course designs that were simply "incomplete", i.e., the developer just didn't care to finish). If you ever saw a design that's bad from being (deliberately) "too minimalistic", please show me.
Dec
29
awarded  Scholar
Dec
29
accepted Any actual reason for complicated UIs?
Dec
29
comment Any actual reason for complicated UIs?
Answer chosen :)
Dec
28
comment Any actual reason for complicated UIs?
Well, I saw circumstances where people got used to hotkeys and they weren't even very discoverable, but maybe that's because some people like hotkeys and others don't. On a non-related note I see good complicated designs, but where are the bad minimal designs?
Dec
28
comment Any actual reason for complicated UIs?
@mare I understand the point, and yes, JamesEggers answer makes a whole lot sense. I still put complicated and complex in two separate baskets, Google Chrome is very complex, just not complicated. And not all workplace applications need such a fast information rate as call center's. Besides, in most cases there's some scrolling or similar in a small control that could be larger given more space. I've seen an application have 30+ tabs and the poor guy had to find and click the right one to find what the costumer needed.
Dec
28
comment Any actual reason for complicated UIs?
I'd rather have UI decisions by developers than management ;) And yes, I agree the process is the culprit most of the time.
Dec
28
comment Any actual reason for complicated UIs?
+1 because I'm the UI guy 1 UI Developer (another excellent one). Ah, I hate those people that want everything out of the way no matter how bad it is. Where is the love? :)
Dec
28
comment Any actual reason for complicated UIs?
@DA01 and dnbrv I agree with both of you. But I really think best practices is more than enough for almost every case, especially when there's no money/motivation for user research. I see best practices as distilled user research. It's the bar that few are on top of, that motivates the question. No doubt Google Chrome had bountiful user research into it, but for me all it is could be suggested by best practices. It's as DA01 says, few spend the time to make some thoughtful decision making if not forced to.