The Google interface looks good for you?

2 Nov 2011 - 10:14pm
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I am a designer in brazilian company focuzed in financial communication and now I work in a new app project and my boss loves the Google interface in specific Gmail, but I dont know, I believe that Google is not good enough, is a good reference but is not the better user xperience, right?


3 Nov 2011 - 7:46am

Hi Andy,

I would say from the design perspective it is a simple and easy on eye. By bringing in lots of grey (the most commonly used neutral colour) by most designers it provides a clear visual guidance to user. I agree with you tht Gmail lacks a bit on the Usability aspect.

3 Nov 2011 - 9:52am

I don't think the Google interfaces are necessarily the ideal, but they are a good example of interfaces that are carefully designed to achieve specific goals in accordance with a design philosophy that values both user experience and a commitment to iteration--and as a result, they tend to be very good.

In my experience when bosses are in love with the Google interface it often means they like the clean/uncluttered look and/or they like the way Google balances simplicity and functionality. Often the same people who are drawn to this approach are working on projects that are much more heterogeneous and complicated and in environments where there is an inability to limit features because of political pressure, history, acquisitions, etc. In other words, the cases where I've worked with bosses who wanted a Google-like interface are the places where it is least likely to be able to achieve that kind of look and feel.


3 Nov 2011 - 6:49pm

It's certainly cleaner, but I do find myself doing a lot more scanning for actions and I think that's because of a lack of contrast.  Many of the buttons seem to have an equal weight.  For example, I've clicked on that "Back to Inbox" button once or twice because I thought it was a reply button (I think it only appeared after you conducted a search in the old version?)  Also, I don't mind text labels so much as opposed to icons. The ones at the top of the page sorta reminds me a little of the ol' "mystery meat" navigation.

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