new jakob article on his frustration with remote controls. made me wonder if
we should work together to create consistent interfaces across like
applications? I don't want to say standards, but is there a less rigid way
to help the user while allowing for creativity and innovation? Can we use
patterns (placement, wording, layout) or recommended guidelines to establish
some consistency between similar web apps, software, and other interactions
Or will some of this occur naturally as we discover through research,
testing, and sharing of knowledge that a specific wording or a particular
placement of an interface control has found to be the most user-friendly?
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox for June 7 is now online at: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20040607.html
The six remote controls required for a simple home theater illustrate
the problems caused by complexity and inconsistency in user interfaces.
i'm really just looking to stir up some good discussion . . . .