What is easier to use? A consistent interface with an inferior interface or a inconsistent interface with one part superior interface?
13 Mar 2009 - 2:21am
5 years ago
What is easier to use? A consistent interface with an inferior
interface or a inconsistent interface with one part superior
Let me explain:
I'm working on a backup client. Budget is tight, I proposed interface
for the backup section, where you choose which files should be backed
up, where you have a list of all the files, you want to back up. By
clicking plus/minus signs you can add/remove items.
Now with this solution the problem is, that we won't be able to
reproduce a corresponding interface for the restore section, because
it would cost too much. So the restore section would look like a big
tree view of the local file system. http://tinyurl.com/av98g8
So what's do you think is better? Having the user cope with two
different very different interfaces, where one is easier to use or
have very close correspoding model (a tree view with checkboxes, to
choose, what should be backed up).
I'll try to get some users feedback, with paper-prototypes, but
testing is not feasible.