11 March 2010
Marco Arment: Overdoing the interface metaphor
We’re often told that we should design our websites and software to mimic real-life objects. The iPhone strengthened this idiom, and Apple has been driving this home hard for the iPad.
But it’s not absolute, and it’s not always the best idea.
Instapaper is more like a magazine than anything else, but I’m not about to try to reproduce the soggy, wrinkled covers from being shoved in the mailbox, the perfume samples, the ten-page “continued on” jumps in the middle of articles, or the subscription cards falling out as you’re trying to read.
I implemented pagination [in Instapaper] because it improves reading, not because a related physical item separates text into pages.
8 January 2010
Controls are Choices
Every button, slider, switch, knob, or dial represents a choice. Two choices, actually: the choice to have it, and the choice to use it.
The first choice is that of the designer. A control, in its most basic form, is the visible manifestation of a piece of functionality. It gives a cue to the user: you can do something here.
8 December 2009
Revealing Design Treasures From The Amazon showcases some great little design tidbits from Amazon.com.
13 October 2009
Over a quarter-century ago, Xerox introduced the modern graphical user interface paradigm we today take for granted.
That it has endured is a testament to the genius of its design. But the industry is now at a crossroads: New technologies promise higher-bandwidth interaction, but have yet to find a truly viable implementation.
10/GUI aims to bridge this gap by rethinking the desktop to leverage technology in an intuitive and powerful way.
17 September 2009
Finer Things in Mac examines those little details the folks at Apple are so good at.
22 August 2009
audio d-touch is a collection of applications for real-time musical composition and performance, with unique user interfaces
14 August 2009
Brandon Walkin has a great write-up on Managing UI Complexity
1 August 2009
Peter Morville, the father of the modern information architecture practice, has a fantastic collection of search patterns amassed at Flickr.
3 April 2009
Designing Convertbot (which incidentally is my favorite iPhone app.)