The important thing to remember is that utility != minimum number of clicks. Often simpler does equal more usable because you aren't hitting the user in the face with too many options for them to comprehend and/or forcing them to learn the UI arrangement before being effective with it instead of it just being intuitive.Quote:
Originally Posted by GizmoQ
Some examples that still confuse me:
- Play list add buttons often have a confusing non-obvious icon.
- Play list replace buttons look pretty darn similar.
On the Civic Hybrid Nav computer, you select an album (if in album mode) and it gives you two very big buttons with text describing what it will do. You could argue it's less pretty (and you'd be right) but at 70mph and/or to a brand new user, it's a much much better design. That kind of approach generally carries through the entire Civic nav system such that the few cases they missed really stand out (e.g. no intuitive way to add the current location to your gps favorites).
I have to think about it each time I use the BMV* skins since they music addition UI is so darn complicated with so many options I just don't need 99% of the time.
My wife had absolutely no idea how to use the BMV skin. I had to sit down and explain it to her which is complete and utter failure in my eyes. If my wife gets it and can use it without instructions, then that's 'adequate'. If she gets it and doesn't have any complaints, that's 'success'. :)
I can't wait until I get time to rev my build of RR so I can switch back to my very simplified skin. I just wish I had some photoshop skills so I could make it prettier!