on Critique (was G1 Android - case study in inconsistency)
25 Sep 2008 - 12:34pm
5 years ago
So the discussion on the G1 has now turned into one of critiquing Google
design as a whole.
Anyone from Google here want to step up?
I think one of the big issues is one that Jared Spool's latest Webinar is
trying to address in the UX community. Where is "critique" in UX, In IxD?
I think to have a discussion about design and Google we need to have an
understanding of what we are all talking about and this happens at 2 levels.
1 is the functional. We are great at evaluating functionality and usability.
The other is aesthetics. And aesthetics is not just visual design.
When one goes through formal design education you go through a process of
learning how to critique aesthetics. There is a shared language for each
design discipline, with a historical element added to it, that engender the
criteria around which we can give a critique. I think we as Interaction
designers haven't done this yet and until we do this whole conversation
about Google is whimsical at best.