Posts Tagged ‘user experience’

Will Touch Screens Ever Take Over?

I tend to agree with David Pogue in his latest Scientific American piece on why touch screens will not take over. Perhaps it is possible for touch screens to solve for all these problems, but I think the energy could be better spent on something superior to touch screens. It’s not that I think touch […]

Why Letterboxed iPhone 5 Drive Me Nuts

For those who haven’t upgraded to the iPhone 5, allow me to illustrate why apps on the iPhone 5 that haven’t been updated are frustrating.

iPad Keyboard Prototype

Here’s a great little prototype keyboard someone is proposing for the iPad. I’d love to see this in a future iOS release. The only thing it doesn’t address is the complex problem of autocorrect, which it strangely points out early on. Even still, it’s a great improvement to text selection. Apple should hire the person […]

Evil Registration Codes

I hate having to use registration codes when installing software, but have accepted it as the way things work. Today however I got to enter one that’s 80 characters long. That’s right, 80. Nothing says “we hate our customers” more than making them enter 80 random characters into a text field before they can install […]

Twitter Client Gripes

Like many in my trade, I keep a Twitter client open all day. 140 characters works very well between compile times, reloads, uploads. I still use RSS extensively, but Twitter fills the gaps nicely as my brain is always looking for information to absorb (feel free to follow if you don’t). To this day it […]

Make Login Pages Autofocus

I see this way too often and it gets on my nerves. If you have a page that’s main purpose is a form, such as a login page, please make the page autofocus to the first field in the form. Having to tab or click on the first field is a nuisance. Even big sites […]

Define Mute

One of the tricky things about building products is defining the details. When you say “mute switch” as you’d see on a phone like the iPhone, what exactly do you mean my “mute”? App sounds? Calls? What about an alarm? Muting an alarm sounds reasonable, but perhaps the reason for using the switch is so […]

Smartphone Guest Mode

A very good idea by Greg Kumparak on TechCrunch: Here’s the dream: one lock-screen, two PINs. One for me, one for anyone else who might use my phone but doesn’t necessarily need to see everything. Not only is it a good idea for there to be a guest mode, the implementation is quite nice and […]

Confession: I’m A Touchscreen Snob

I’m a touchscreen snob, and I bet you are too. I bet every human being is. We get upset when things don’t react as expected and we get frustrated when things aren’t instant. Statistically this page loads on average under 2 seconds and it’s likely still too long for you. It’s not just touch screens. […]

Google Instant = Web Command Line Interface

“What’s old is new again” the saying goes. Google Instant is a pretty interesting UI change. One of the big things mentioned is that all you need to do is type “w” and you’ll see the local weather. A way to get information by just typing… some of us know that as command line interface. […]