Tuesday, April 22, 2008

UI - You can't please everyone

Although it's difficult to create good UI, it doesn't mean that bad UI is easy - in fact some people go to great lengths to produce bad UI.

That said, good UI simply boils down to:

Intuitive, Pretty and Performant - in a combination that targets the intended user.

eg. A programmer is going to prefer performance over pretty, and a hairdresser might prefer pretty over intuitive... but you still need all three for a good user experience.

If you don't have access to your user (and that's generally the case), just pretend that you are the user.

If you wouldn't use your own app; that's a good sign of bad UI.

In the end, you can't please everyone - so please yourself, then at least one person is happy.

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