Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

webpage interface design

http://www.goodexperience.com/blog/archives/000028.php


heh.  I lost that argument with a client relatively recently.


nice blog post.
Permalink Send private email zestyZuchini 
March 6th, 2007 8:43pm
just out of interest, Im trying to think of a good argument for why/whether desktop software is different in this regard.

can anyone help me out?
Permalink Send private email zestyZuchini 
March 6th, 2007 8:51pm
Fuck you.

Websites are, generally, procedural.  You're there to accomplish a task.

Desktop applications are often about data interpretation or manipulation.  You don't necessarily have a specific goal all of the time.  Sometimes you just want to have a look at the data and make crazy assumptions about it (or whatever it is you do). 

In the context of 'grazing' sort of application in contrast to a 'stalking/hunting' sort of application: yes, the interface design for a desktop application might conceivably have different goals than a web application.
Permalink Send private email Go Fuck Yourself 
March 6th, 2007 8:57pm
Also, I should not post when I'm tired as the quality/coherency just goes right down hill.
Permalink Send private email Go Fuck Yourself 
March 6th, 2007 8:58pm
traditionally, web pages have been about content.  hence, users only care about content on the web.  do banners, side navs, menu items contain content?  no.  so the argument holds.

take COT for example.  the strength of the site is in it's simplicity: you've got pages of content.  users click a thread/page because it leads them to more content.

re: desktop applications:

the difference here is that one uses a desktop application with a goal in mind.  eg. a game.  if you play a game, your goal is to play/win/interact with the game.  so things to improve the gamining experience will be considered.

however, more and more websites are web applications... ie. they're designed with more than just content in mind.  google search is a great example of a web app.  your goals are specific.  consistency of interface becomes very crucial when you're concerned with specifics.
Permalink Kenny 
March 6th, 2007 9:14pm
> why/whether desktop software is different in this regard.

Pages were an artifact of clicking a link a redisplaying a...page.

In desktop apps you don't need to do this. You usually stay on the same page an elements are popped up or the page morphs in place. This is exactly what happens no with AJAX. So page design is dead.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 7th, 2007 1:16am

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