10 posts tagged

user interface

No toolbars on the Mac

Using keyboard shortcuts is much quicker than pointing and clicking. Therefore I got rid of toolbars wherever possible.

I design my environment in a way that encourages healthy habits.

 No comments   16 d   design   Mac   me   user interface

Morse code tapping to unlock

Today’s phones can be woken by tapping the screen. Future phones will be unlocked by tapping in a pattern similar to Morse code.

 No comments   5 mon   design   user interface

QR codes

It’s a bad scenario when QR codes are being scanned by a human. It’s a good one a human approaches a machine that scans his or her QR code.

But the latter is just a cheaper option instead of NFC.

 No comments   7 mon   design   user interface

Pigna Library website v1.1

The Pigna Library happens to host events. There is a dedicated events block to get the readers to know about them.

When it came time to expand the “add” page beyond books, Ilya and I decided to kill the interface altogether.

To add an event, the librarian just writes what the event is. As for the plus sign, it got a beautiful frame to be on par with its friends—books.

See also: The interface is evil

 No comments   10 mon   Pigna   release   user interface

Train door buttons

Bad: levers

Bad: buttons that are located in a weird place

Bad: buttons that make fingers bleed

Good: those that aren’t any of the above

Excellent: those that remember that you pressed them

Obviously, all buttons should be responsive to touches in gloves. There should be no buttons on trains that only go through a closed space.

Added on May 29, 2020: Buttons should not be used during the coronavirus pandemic.

 No comments   11 mon   design   trains   user interface

Contextual text in articles

Almost anything can be easily revealed about any internet user. Why not use it to give authors a powerful way to contextualise what people read? People will get a bonus for giving away privacy: saving time.

For instance, instead of writing

If you have an iPhone, go to Settings ‹...›
If you’re on Android, then there is no way to solve this.


Since you have an iPhone, go to Settings ‹...›

The same idea can be applied for videos too.

 No comments   2018   design   ideas   user interface

Auto-save while printing

I have a document open as I’m printing it. Then, I catch a typo. The part where it is hasn’t been printed yet. Why can’t I fix the typo and have the printer print out the correct version?

 No comments   2018   user interface
 No comments   2018   user interface

My wishes for iOS 13

With iOS 12 being a booming success, it is a small step away from being ideal. Here are my wishes for iOS 13.

A results oriented home screen. Make it so that the home screen (and the whole OS in general) helps the user get their task done, and not send you to an app where the task could be done. Yes, this means that apps will split into usage scenarios, and that’s fine. Combining the notification centre and the home screen may also be useful. “Shortcuts” is phase one—a shake-up of the home screen is what will make this vision mainstream.

Dark mode. I love macOS Mojave’s dark mode and I can’t wait for it to come to iOS. There’s no need in explaining why it is so awesome.

A thinner Safari scrolled by address bar. I’m pretty sure this is just a bug, so it should be easy to fix:

Volume controls that don’t intrude. Seriously, how isn’t this still a thing?

Adjustments to the control centre. Give me the option of getting rid of this indicator. I know that that’s where the control centre is! Remember Steve Jobs’s iPhone announcement? Buttons and controls can change on a touchscreen, so it is obvious to let me customise my device.

It would be useful if I could turn off lock screen data controls, so a potential thief wouldn’t be able to stop me from finding my device. Currently, the control centre is disabled on my lock screen because of this.

 No comments   2018   Apple   user interface
 No comments   2018   design   user interface   vertical transportation