Icons in user interfaces

By | February 15, 2012
The mass of tiles and archives is actually a good thing in notes. The same 'feature' in Unity is bad. In Metro, my opinion is the same as that of Unity. But why does it work in Notes and not elsewhere? I think the secret lies in allowing users to easily define what goes on which tab and easily maintain an overview of the tabs – which is nore than a one-click process in the newer interfaces.

Reshared post from +Volker Weber

Kollege +Wolfgang Miedl witzelt, Microsoft habe mit Metro bei Lotus Notes abgekupfert. Die Wahrheit ist viel furchtbarer. Die Kachelwand war eins der Dinge, die bei Notes richtig waren. IBM versucht seit Notes R5 diese Kacheln los zu werden und hat dabei verpasst, sie rechtzeitig zu modernisieren. Die Benutzer aber finden sich so am besten zurecht. Zweidimensionale Anordnung von Icons auf mehreren Seiten. Das machen praktisch alle Smartphones so.

Bis auf Metro ├╝brigens.´╗┐


One thought on “Icons in user interfaces

  1. Rod Dunne

    +Sophie Wrobel I worked for Lotus back in 96/97 on an internal localization tool for Notes so always regard it with fondness.

    You've hit the nail on the head with its design – complete personalization of the application interface. It meant the app morphed to the needs of the user – everyone could custom-fit it to their bespoke needs. The clear separation of data & meta-data was a key design choice too. For the internal tool I worked on this meant English DBs could very simply be translated and localized => Even more flexibility & scalability.

    That same personalization is a motif for our user-defined Circles here in G+ too.


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