Exactly the brilliantly interesting shit-show I had been told it would be – a bit more rainy though.
Notes from a few sessions survived…
Interfaces use 30 year old metaphor’s
This was interesting and something I need to look at a bit more. Buttons as UI elements are a hack. Necessary work-around 30 years ago. Touch interfaces should not abstract the interface but allow direct manipulation of objects.
- Twitter on iPad uses a stack metaphor – no back button. You move the content slice by slice.
- The information can be the interface.
- But how do people discover them? Either use known patterns stored in muscle memory or give subtle visual cues.
- Use occasional overlay to aid discovery (e.g. guided flow) but not as a learning guide. Then your UI has failed.
- One step further: take the touch interaction to the desktop!
- Why lists of file names and small thumbnails? Show pics with no white space.
Avoiding bullshit personas
- Good personas inspire and guide innovation
- No names, psychology, or broad habits
- Stock photos and demographic info is for marketing segmentation
- Focus on major distinctions across the personas
- Random facts are not useful in any context
- Look for surprises over trends