[LINK] Are GUI design standards no longer relevanr?

Ivan Trundle ivan at itrundle.com
Sun Jan 17 14:45:57 AEDT 2010

On 17/01/2010, at 2:32 PM, Fernando Cassia wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 17, 2010 at 12:23 AM, Ivan Trundle <ivan at itrundle.com> wrote:
>> At the risk of sounding like a Gen-Y'er, I'd suggest that we simply 'get over it'.
> Because you never experienced the joy of pre-OS 2.0 Amiga applications where one developer put "copy" in the first menu and another in the last. So you spent several minutes scrolling down to find "where the ···· is the copy option"?

That's an entirely different issue: one of consistency.

I've got no problems with text or icons, so long as they are simple and clear.

When I design interfaces for clients that ask for both or either, my personal preference is for text unless an icon does it better. And some do.

My general maxim comes from Alan Cooper: "No matter how cool your interface, it would be better if there were less of it."


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