Tagged: user interface

Google, go kill the URL bar!

From ConcievablyTech:

The idea is to eliminate the two line navigation layout which currently has tabs on top and the navigation buttons, menu and URL bar below. The compact navigation model would only have one line and place the navigation buttons, a search button, tabs and menus next to each other. The URL bar is gone and the URL of each tab is not visible at all times, but only displayed when a page is loading and when a tab is selected.

Go Google go!
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What’s Wolfram Alpha for?

wolfram_alpha_logoThe other day, I was preparing a quickie assessment of the biggest office suppliers in the US, and I thought “Instead of trying Google or Wikipedia, I’ll use this newfangled Wolfram Alpha thingy that’s out now.” And after approaching that query, along with some other spur-of-the-moment questions, I’ve finally realized what Wolfram Alpha is.

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The Design of User Interfaces and Scaling to Content

Apple is a fantastic case study for a topic like this and I would start off by comparing the new Shuffle (3G) versus the prior version.

Controls The 2G Shuffle The 3G Shuffle
Primary Input 5 buttons (press or press-hold variations) 3 buttons (click, hold, or multiple click variations)
Feedback Method Visual (LEDs) Visual (LEDs), Audio

Scaling the controls to the content is extraordinarily important and the problem here is that for 10 functions, one product uses 5 buttons and the other uses 3. Continue reading