Stop testing bad design (was: Interesting Flash interface)

29 Oct 2004 - 5:06pm
9 years ago
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Andrei Herasimchuk
2004

On Oct 29, 2004, at 2:54 PM, Alain D. M. G. Vaillancourt wrote:

> You have to realize that these things are made in university labs where
> there is usually no money to hire a professional illustrator with
> training in engineering drawings and industrial design.

That's just an excuse. Universities and colleges are *brimming* with
talent in this area. Why wasn't it used to develop the UI? That's the
real question you should be asking yourself.

Look, the only way to change the proliferation of poor interfaces -- or
interfaces that lack in some area as badly as the ones in this study do
-- is to start recognizing that successful interface design requires
good information design, good interaction design and good visual
design. All these excuses about researchers, universities, people not
wanting to expand their skill-sets,etc... They are simply excuses.

Until we, as professionals, are *not* ok with things like this, it will
continue to exist because people will continue to allow it to exist due
to [insert your own excuses about why bad design exists here.]

Here's my point: Stop testing bad design. It only serves to validate it.

Have a great weekend!

Andrei

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29 Oct 2004 - 6:14pm
Listera
2004

Andrei Herasimchuk:

> Here's my point: Stop testing bad design. It only serves to validate it.

Now you're really going to piss off Nielsen.:-)

Ziya
Nullius in Verba

29 Oct 2004 - 7:03pm
Andrei Herasimchuk
2004

On Oct 29, 2004, at 4:14 PM, Listera wrote:

>> Here's my point: Stop testing bad design. It only serves to validate
>> it.
>
> Now you're really going to piss off Nielsen.:-)

Don't get me started. 8^)

Besides, given Nielsen's complete lack of public response to "Design
Eye for the Usability Guy" (which is going to be discussed in an
upcoming article in Communication Arts.), I'd pretty much say that he's
a lost cause at this stage. Further, given the complete crap design
that is "useit.com", I'd have to say I really couldn't care anymore
about what Nielsen says or thinks.

He's done his best to alienate designers, the very field he's trying to
affect with positive change. Kind of like Bush proclaiming he was going
to be a "uniter not a divider" then proceeding to use his position of
power to further divide the country into extreme right and left sides
instead of leading the country through difficult times.

Andrei

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