Your Application Looks Like Poo

28 Apr 2010 - 11:40am
6 years ago
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I've been wrestling with this and I thought I would put it out there and gauge some opinions.

At 360|Flex I presented a session directed at application (Flex) developers aimed to inspire them to improve their application design skills.  It was part inspirational and part instructional as I went through basic design principles they should be aware of.

I've been asked to give a follow up presentation at <a href="">Flash and the City</a> and as I've been preparing I've been tempted to include examples of good and bad design in applications.  I don't really like the idea of present bad examples; I don't think studying the negative always produces positive results, but at the same time there are some bad UIs out there and they may not know what constitutes a poor design.

I'm open to suggestions.



28 Apr 2010 - 2:58pm
Anya Nikulina

Design critique is a cornerstone of any design education process. It is important to see bad design, explain why it is bad and come up with the improvement strategy. We are asked those questions on interviews all the time.

By including "bad" examples into your lecture you are giving your listeners an instrument that can help them in the future. So, I do not think that studying negative is not productive. Also, a lot of times people remember "Don't do this" better then, "Do this".

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