Intuitive Design

2 Feb 2006 - 6:10pm
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Omri Eliav
2004

I don't like the term "intuitive" related to interaction design,
(mostly with big applications).

People around me say "it's not intuitive enough", "make it more
intuitive"... and I in turn try to explain that I prefer "ease of
use", "easy to learn", "rememberable".
The way I see it is that every application or device or interaction
have to be learned. Fast, easy, hard, "no-time", something.

There is familiarity, which I respect as a way to achieve "intuitive"
design but on the other hand saw some horrible examples where Outlook
literally served as a metaphor :-)

Is there intuitive design. Familiar is intuitive. Familiar is always
better. What's your thoughts?
Do you have any reference, articles?

Thanks
Omri

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2 Feb 2006 - 7:30pm
Stacy Westbrook
2006

I like UIE's article on "intuitive" design:
http://www.uie.com/articles/design_intuitive/

Stacy

On Feb 2, 2006, at 4:10 PM, Omri Eliav wrote:

> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> I don't like the term "intuitive" related to interaction design,
> (mostly with big applications).
>
> People around me say "it's not intuitive enough", "make it more
> intuitive"... and I in turn try to explain that I prefer "ease of
> use", "easy to learn", "rememberable".
> The way I see it is that every application or device or interaction
> have to be learned. Fast, easy, hard, "no-time", something.
>
> There is familiarity, which I respect as a way to achieve "intuitive"
> design but on the other hand saw some horrible examples where Outlook
> literally served as a metaphor :-)
>
> Is there intuitive design. Familiar is intuitive. Familiar is always
> better. What's your thoughts?
> Do you have any reference, articles?
>
>
> Thanks
> Omri
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2 Feb 2006 - 4:53pm
Jared M. Spool
2003

At 08:30 PM 2/2/2006, Stacy Westbrook wrote:
>I like UIE's article on "intuitive" design:
>http://www.uie.com/articles/design_intuitive/

Hee. Me too.

I'm particularly proud of that one. (And even more proud of the research
that went behind it.)

:)

Jared

Jared M. Spool, Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering
4 Lookout Lane, Unit 4d, Middleton, MA 01949
978 777-9123 jspool at uie.com http://www.uie.com
Blog: http://www.uie.com/brainsparks

2 Feb 2006 - 8:13pm
Dan Saffer
2003

A year or so ago, Elizabeth Buie wrote something on this list that
has stuck with me. And I quote, "The only intuitive interface is the
nipple."

Dan

2 Feb 2006 - 5:48pm
Jared M. Spool
2003

At 09:13 PM 2/2/2006, Dan Saffer wrote:
>A year or so ago, Elizabeth Buie wrote something on this list that
>has stuck with me. And I quote, "The only intuitive interface is the
>nipple."

hee. Apparently the follow on conversation didn't stick with you.

The nipple isn't intuitive. It's innate. They are different.

:)

Jared

Jared M. Spool, Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering
4 Lookout Lane, Unit 4d, Middleton, MA 01949
978 777-9123 jspool at uie.com http://www.uie.com
Blog: http://www.uie.com/brainsparks

2 Feb 2006 - 8:54pm
Dan Saffer
2003

On Feb 2, 2006, at 3:48 PM, Jared M. Spool wrote:

> The nipple isn't intuitive. It's innate. They are different.

You are correct, sir.

On Nov 29, 2004, at 6:09 PM, Steven Streight wrote:

> An interface that is "intuitive" is relatively easy to
> figure out, based on past experience with similar
> objects.

I just wanted to say nipple on this list again. :)

Dan

20 Mar 2006 - 8:29am
Elizabeth Buie
2004

Just catching up.

Jared Spool wrote:

> At 09:13 PM 2/2/2006, Dan Saffer wrote:
> >A year or so ago, Elizabeth Buie wrote something on this
> list that has
> >stuck with me. And I quote, "The only intuitive interface is the
> >nipple."
>
> hee. Apparently the follow on conversation didn't stick with you.
>
> The nipple isn't intuitive. It's innate. They are different.

I disagree, Jared. The only object that is intrinsically "intuitive" is
one that requires NO prior knowledge or experience to operate -- and
only something that's innate can meet that criterion. Everything else
that we call "intuitive" is easy to figure out without thinking too much
about it -- and that's precisely because we already have some knowledge
that can help us do that.

Elizabeth

20 Mar 2006 - 12:56pm
Jared M. Spool
2003

At 09:29 AM 3/20/2006, Elizabeth Buie wrote:
> > hee. Apparently the follow on conversation didn't stick with you.
> >
> > The nipple isn't intuitive. It's innate. They are different.
>
>I disagree, Jared. The only object that is intrinsically "intuitive" is
>one that requires NO prior knowledge or experience to operate -- and
>only something that's innate can meet that criterion. Everything else
>that we call "intuitive" is easy to figure out without thinking too much
>about it -- and that's precisely because we already have some knowledge
>that can help us do that.

The *nipple* isn't intuitive. It didn't intuit anything.

People are intuitive. That a person can use a nipple with no rational
processes, only immediate cognition makes it an intuitive process. But the
nipple remains innate.

And, it seems, this discussion is bordering on the *inane*.

:)

Jared -- known to be a little *insane*, occasionally *insensitive*, and
frequently *unintuitive*.

Jared M. Spool, Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering
4 Lookout Lane, Unit 4d, Middleton, MA 01949
978 777-9123 jspool at uie.com http://www.uie.com
Blog: http://www.uie.com/brainsparks

20 Mar 2006 - 1:07pm
Elizabeth Buie
2004

Jared writes:

> The *nipple* isn't intuitive. It didn't intuit anything.

m-w.com begs to differ: "1 b : knowable by intuition"

> And, it seems, this discussion is bordering on the *inane*.

No kidding.

Elizabeth

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