Saturday, March 24, 2018

[zencjwey] Desktop UI keeps changing

It's unfortunate that despite the desktop UI (GUI) having being around for 40 years (Xerox Alto), designers still feel compelled to radically change things often, confusing people who learned the previous version, forcing them to rather pointlessly learn the new way of doing something.

We don't get the feeling that desktop interfaces are converging to an optimal design.

When in doubt, keep it looking and behaving like the old version.  New stuff supplements old, not replaces.  Keep the old way working even if there's a new way.  At least, where the old way was, leave instructions for the new way.

What are the forces for silly change?  Egos of designers, look and feel copyrights, patents, and trade dress, incentives to decrease functionality.

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