On Tuesday, November 9th, Krish Mandal, Eric Fitchett, Paul Hurlock and I attended an event in New York called HTML5 Live. My intentions going into this were to get a better understanding of HTML5, where it is now, and where it’s going.
I actually got more out of the conference than I had anticipated. I was pleasantly surprised with some of the tools that were demonstrated, and some of the HTML5 features that were shown, particularly native validation and the enhancements to Adobe’s Creative Suite. As I expected, the general sentiment was that HTML5 is going to be big, but it is only practical to develop it right now in a controlled browsing environment. Progressive enhancement is certainly possible, but with all the uncertainty around video and audio codecs, and how other native features will be handled in a standardized way…
I dislike visual clutter. Most people do. Perhaps they can’t articulate it. I know most of our clients say things like, “It looks too crowded,” if presented with something that strikes them that way. They don’t use the words “visual clutter” as we would in design parlance.
However, that idea of clutter-reduction has recently over-reached its bounds in the oft-cited and overused mantra of “flat design.” I’m all for simplifying, but there are some designers who take it too far, slashing and ripping out things that they claim help to simplify the UI to its bare essentials, but they’re only thinking one-dimensionally, pun intended.
When you’re a hands-on CEO, you want to get involved in every aspect of your company. Now, as UX Design becomes a differentiating factor for product and company visibility, CEOs are paying more attention to design, but some, like Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer, are ham-handing it.
This article focuses on one aspect of the recommendations I made for a client, which saw its way into the final Design Recommendations document I left with them at the end: how the use or misuse of color affects user interfaces.
There are many people who believe that product design is a less important part of the things we build. They almost believe that it can be left as an afterthought. I’m sure most people have heard the phrase, “Lipstick on a chicken,” or as I post this soon after the ’08 election season, the phrase, “Lipstick on a pig.” They believe that “beauty” of the product is far less important than the “workings” of the product, and so the engineering schedule and the project management behind it give the design process little play.
On the other side of the fence are those who argue that the beauty and design trumps the workings. I suppose they get this idea from the mainstream media and advertising companies who dress up products and package them such that no matter what the workings, even if…