QCon day 4 – User interfaces meet the challenge of simplicity

A simple journey to put across some guidelines to aid in designing user interfaces. The talk lacked a bit of depth for me, in that some of the observations felt a little personal rather than having much evidence to back them up. It was what i needed though to allow me to think about the previous talk. The guidelines:

  • Understand the context
  • Just simple enough ( shrink, embody and hide)
  • Organize
  • Don’t make the user wait
  • Test

Yes all a little general and obvious, but that’s what simplicity is all about; the simple things that get ignored.


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