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So why was everything in Episode IV using CGA graphics?

Noel Rubin's Star Wars spaceship user interface design demo reel (via)
posted by prize bull octorok on Jan 25, 2014 - 27 comments

Slight Future

Why Her Will Dominate UI Design Even More Than Minority Report
posted by Artw on Jan 13, 2014 - 223 comments

Origins of Common User Interface Symbols.

Ever wanted to know why the Bluetooth symbol looks like it does, or what the deal is with the logo on the Command button on Apple keyboards? This link, which tells the story behind the design of many common user interface symbols, has got you covered.
posted by Effigy2000 on Dec 20, 2013 - 28 comments

Fixing Windows 8

Wow! Microsoft is thinking about bringing back the Start Menu and Modern apps on the Desktop. This is perfect timing! Here you’ll why it’s a good idea and how they should do it.
posted by Artw on Dec 12, 2013 - 174 comments

Way Ahead of the Technology

Remembering the Apple Newton’s Prophetic Failure and Lasting Impact
posted by Artw on Aug 5, 2013 - 53 comments

Blinking lights convey so much filler

Futuristic User Interfaces in video games, animes, and movies.
posted by Taft on Apr 11, 2013 - 36 comments

But, what if the user hasn't done anything?

Most UI/UX experiences seem to concentrate on a busy user, but what if they are not? Empty States addresses how applications handle no content.
posted by Samizdata on Jan 31, 2013 - 21 comments

Skeu'd!

Skeu It! "A celebration of arbitrary and gratuitious user interface decisions." Specifically: needless or inappropriate skeumorphism. Best of Skeu It.
posted by grouse on Sep 10, 2012 - 101 comments

Curse these fat fingers.

Can We Please Move Past Silly, Faux-Real UIs?
posted by Evilspork on Jun 11, 2012 - 154 comments

Power to the people

25 years of HyperCard—the missing link to the Web
posted by Artw on Jun 2, 2012 - 56 comments

These devices teach me humility

Engadget's Distro talks to UI guru, Xerox PARC alumni, gadget collector (previously) and Microsoft Research Principal Researcher Bill Buxton about the future of natural interfaces.
posted by Artw on Apr 24, 2012 - 9 comments

How deep does design go?

Start Ups: This is how Design works.. A guide for non-designers by designer Wells Riley. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 19, 2012 - 46 comments

Dad and Windows 8

A guy videotapes his father trying out Windows 8 for the first time.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 14, 2012 - 127 comments

Am I wasting my time organizing e-mail?

Am I wasting my time organizing e-mail? A study of e-mail refinding. (single link academic paper in .pdf.)
posted by escabeche on Jan 16, 2012 - 49 comments

What makes for a good UI font?

Ian Hex writes about the features that make for a good UI typeface by comparing and contrasting five different fonts (Segoe UI, Lucida Grande, Ubuntu, Helvetica Neue, and Droid Sans) . He also links to a great post on the making of Azuro. Left out of the race was Nokia Pure.
posted by dst on Oct 29, 2011 - 25 comments

The future is amazing.

The future according to Microsoft.
posted by Memo on Oct 27, 2011 - 167 comments

The Ladder of Abstraction

The Ladder of Abstraction does an amazing, Tuftian job of illustrating the convergence of science, engineering, and intuition that is involved in tackling the difficult problems of today's systems and software. [more inside]
posted by rsanheim on Oct 11, 2011 - 31 comments

Up and down

Is it time to get rid of the scrollbar?
posted by Artw on Mar 5, 2011 - 99 comments

Goodbye, RSS button in the location bar of Firefox

Do you use RSS? Not many do, apparently. Goodbye, then, RSS button in the location bar of Firefox 4 (Bugzilla entry). “RSS is dying,” a blog hyperbolizes in response, with retort from Asa Dotzler of Mozilla, who states the functionality is being moved to a menu item.
posted by joeclark on Jan 3, 2011 - 98 comments

Seriously the Most You Will Ever Read About Map Labels

Google Maps and Label Readability. No really, it's an interesting read.
posted by azarbayejani on Dec 2, 2010 - 32 comments

40 years of Xerox Parc

"The Office of the Future" 40 Years Later - 40 years of Xerox Parc, the Palo Alto research group responsible for the desktop computer interface as we know it today.
posted by Artw on Sep 20, 2010 - 24 comments

There is no try.

Tan Le shows off a headset that reads your brainwaves in action. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Jul 23, 2010 - 34 comments

It looks like you are composing an FPP - Would you like to add a snappy title?

Bob and Beyond - Tandy Trower (previously) on the history of Microsoft Bob, Clippy and other Microsoft forays into the field of embodied agents.
posted by Artw on Apr 2, 2010 - 24 comments

A trip down memory lane?

Welcome (back) to Windows 3.1. "Michaelv.org is coded in JavaScript and strict XHTML 1.0, with AJAX functionality provided through PHP. It has been tested for compatibility in Firefox and IE. Firefox 2 or 3 is highly recommended, but the site is almost entirely functional in IE 6, 7, or 8. Media Player does not work in IE as IE lacks the ability to dynamically instantiate ."
posted by Phire on Jan 24, 2010 - 49 comments

Write less, do more

January 14th marks the 4th birthday of jQuery and also the release of jQuery 1.4. To celebrate the release of the latest version of the popular JavaScript library the jQuery team has created the 14 Days of jQuery site, which will be updated each day with a new announcement or release. There’s also prizes to be had for the coolest use of jQuery.
posted by Artw on Jan 14, 2010 - 44 comments

10/GUI

Since SRI and Xerox invented the GUI and the mouse in the late 1970s, technology has leaped forward, but the way we interact with our computers has stood still. "10/GUI aims to bridge this gap by rethinking the desktop to leverage technology in an intuitive and powerful way."
posted by Plutor on Oct 13, 2009 - 66 comments

Adobe UI Gripes

Adobe UI Gripes
posted by nthdegx on Sep 30, 2009 - 82 comments

Sptnk : The Study of Contemporary Culture

Sptnk.org : The Observatory for the Study of Contemporary Culture. Sputnik is an NY organization that seeks to document, promote, and foster discussion around current trends in culture (I think Sptnk is more a "loose confederation" than an organization, but I can't seem to find much more about them. Here's one of the founder's tongue-in-cheek Linked In page). They just launched a new website which ties together sets of interviews from thinkers and doers in lots of fields. They are organized nicely into "paths", "conversations", and transmissions (presentations). Jonathan Harris (he blogs at number27.org) did the design of the site, which is top notch. The production values are not up to ted.com levels, but the weaving of stories and conversations that is emerging may prove useful. Happy culture hunting!
posted by zpousman on Jul 2, 2009 - 18 comments

D-Touch Drum Machine

Print your own DIY papercraft drum machine. Webcam + paper template + free software = drum machine with tangible interface. [via] [more inside]
posted by mhjb on Jun 30, 2009 - 3 comments

They're already using Ubiquity as a verb

Ubiquity is a Mozilla Labs experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more quickly and easily. Check out a video demonstration of Ubiquity. And here's a tutorial. [more inside]
posted by sveskemus on Aug 27, 2008 - 70 comments

"If you can't make it good, at least make it look good."

Bill Gates files a bug report: "There's not a day that I don't send a piece of e-mail ... like that piece of e-mail. That's my job."
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jun 26, 2008 - 66 comments

Not All Black & White

Using Color In Information Display Graphics - a resource from NASA, "intended to help designers who are not color experts find usable color designs" [via] [more inside]
posted by Gyan on Oct 4, 2007 - 11 comments

Problem Code 1-1: Piranha plant clogging warp pipe

User interface design so epically bad you need a strategy guide to defeat it. Presenting The Legend of FacilityFocus.
posted by designbot on Aug 16, 2007 - 20 comments

No, not hand protection for Objectivists.

Atlas Gloves: A DIY hand gesture interface for Google Earth.
posted by brundlefly on Apr 21, 2007 - 18 comments

It's alive!

Gary Stasiuk's beautiful Digital Creatures pulls the curtains on the kinematics of geometric objects, after which he plays with the mathematics and user interactivity of generative art and shows how to build the appearance of AI behaviors into Flash objects.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 11, 2007 - 14 comments

Defending Yourself From Smart Objects

If indeed information technology is seeping out of cyberspace at a rate that will soon immerse us in a world of smart furniture and spime wranglers, I think we have bigger things to worry about than disambiguating the terminology (user experience and opting out come to mind). MeFi's own Adam Greenfield weighs in with his first book, Everyware.
posted by mikepop on Feb 21, 2006 - 2 comments

Top Billing

Inventor of CTRL-ALT-DEL ridicules Bill Gates. "'I may have invented CTRL-ALT-DEL, but Bill Gates made it famous". Video clip of the episode, via TUAW, who say "The funniest part is the expression, or lack thereof, on the face of Bill."
posted by nthdegx on Jul 28, 2005 - 50 comments

DONTCLICK.IT - Interface Experiment

dontclick.it : what would you do if somebody stole your mouse button? Yes, it’s flash, and it’s annoying, but that’s the point.
posted by signal on Jul 8, 2005 - 32 comments

This is Broken

This is Broken A compendium of bad designs. By Mark Hurst
more inside..
posted by anastasiav on Nov 6, 2003 - 9 comments

Metrocard Vending Machine UI critique

Metrocard Vending Machine UI critique. If you've been to New York City in the last few years, then you might be familiar with the MTA's big silver vending machines in the subways. For those living here it's almost second nature by now. The Windows NT based touch screen UI is really not too bad. Most tourists may opt for a One-day Fun Pass ($4), while the locals already know what to pick. MTA also places posters all over indicating changes to the vending machines, and initially even had posters explaining the various options.
posted by riffola on Jan 7, 2003 - 32 comments

Amazon Light

Amazon Light is project powered by amazon's SOAP API, with a design and interaction reminiscent of Google's clean no-frills approach. Pretty cool and clean way to use the site (without annoying popups or gold box offers).
posted by mathowie on Jul 17, 2002 - 38 comments

This orthopaedic surgery site

This orthopaedic surgery site seems more like a design exercise than an actual attempt at an informative site. Imagine that someone told you to make the site using poor technology choices, couple it with non-professional content not conducive to trusting the doctors, and add a map to the office that does more to enable chuckles than get people to into the business. It's so bad, it's good, and most definitely do not skip intro on this one.
posted by mathowie on Apr 13, 2002 - 32 comments

While the father of Visual Basic tells Microsoft to: "abandon the browser", a multitude of researchers are looking into next-generation interfaces (links via Joel on Software and Wired respectively). Is the software industry even close to moving on to a new paradigm?
posted by costas on Nov 20, 2001 - 26 comments

A Flash usability white paper

A Flash usability white paper that says Flash can improve the usability of a web site.
    "When executed correctly, with attention paid to the needs and wants of users, Macromedia Flash content can actually improve the user experience on any Web site."
Can Flash be saved if developers start thinking about usability? Is this going to impact Jakob Nielsen's 99% figure?
posted by Dugout on Apr 9, 2001 - 8 comments

Jef Raskin, creator of the Macintosh project at Apple, says the windows-based interface is passé.

Jef Raskin, creator of the Macintosh project at Apple, says the windows-based interface is passé. "In my current interface designs, everything you need is laid out for you. You just zoom in, and as soon as you can read the text or see the graphic details, you can work on them. Then there's no need for windows, which you are forever opening, closing, moving or fooling with."
posted by tranquileye on Feb 14, 2001 - 33 comments

Poor user interface elects George W.

Poor user interface elects George W. The second hole on the right does not correspond to the second candidate on the left (Gore), but rather to the first candidate on the right (Buchanan). While many people will notice this, many others, especially those with poor vision, will not. About 20% of Buchanan's votes in FL came from the county that used this ballot.
posted by tranquileye on Nov 9, 2000 - 32 comments

Why tab based interfaces suck

Why tab based interfaces suck This site finally fell into interface hell. Originally they used tabs as navigation and still are now... BUT it doesn't work... Watch... every ecommerce company that copied its interface will also fall into the same interface hell... The others include ebags.com, urbanfetch and more....
posted by efader on Apr 8, 2000 - 8 comments

Apple historically been at the forefront of UI and HCI research and technology, documenting it in their Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines. In the past couple of years however, they've been slipping. They designed the useless round mouse (that requires a 3rd-party product to become useful), the nightmare quicktime 4 interface, and now aqua for OS X. When I saw it at Macworld, there were lots of little things I didn't think were right about it, and Bruce Tognazzini (or Tog for short) has written a great summary of the UI including problems. So what I'm wondering is, why is Apple abandoning their own guidelines?
posted by mathowie on Jan 17, 2000 - 0 comments

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