Tag Archives: Usability

A short (and round) history of the button

Early MacOS OK and Cancel buttons

The push button. It’s truly the blunt instrument of UI design. While most other controls provide some indication of the type of operation they’re performing – sliders are adjusting a value, a switch is moving between two states – buttons just mean “do something”. What? The only way to tell is to press it and […]

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London Underground UI Fail

You’d think replacing a magnetic board with a digital system would be a good thing, wouldn’t you? Well, not if you get the “user interface” completely wrong…

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iPad – The rise of the naturalistic user interface

Apple’s iPad applications make use of real-world objects in their user interfaces: books, newspapers, address books. What is it about the iPad that makes it a good platform for this kind of UI?

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The 7 signs your UI was created by a programmer

Programmers are notoriously bad at creating good user interfaces. How can you tell if your app was designed by a programmer? (Hint: it’s easy).

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