Error Messages (Was: Hiding and Disabling MenuItems)
3 Jul 2008 - 12:18pm
5 years ago
Yes - I'd go even further and blame development tools. Here's a theory:
1. The design of development tools is indifferent to the making of good UI.
2. Programmers are efficient (or lazy :)
3. Programmers will tend to make bad UI... until development tools make it
almost as easy to make good UI as it is to make lazy UI.
A development tool that makes it easy to follow basic UI guidelines is 20
times more valuable than any book on UI design. Instead of blaming
programmers, it'd be better to aim at the programmers who make tools for
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Saffer" <dan at odannyboy.com>
To: "IxDA Discuss" <discuss at ixda.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2008 8:59 AM
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Error Messages (Was: Hiding and Disabling
> I will say that this isn't only just an expedient method for > developers--I can tell when I'm getting lazy in my thinking when the best > I can offer is a pop-up error message. It can be an easy trap for > designers to fall into as well.