The interface formerly known as Metro (TIFKAM) makes the information applications present their user interface, and developers need to realise that and stop polluting software with the kind of buttons and icons elements they've grown up with. That's the opinion voiced by Shane Morris of Automatic Studio, now a user interface …
It's the windows operating system
not Sonic the fucking Hedgehog. I will animate my own pixels, thankyoueversomuch
That whole concept yells PR droid in capital letters and moving type. They have to come up with something new every few years to justify the fact that non-programmers should collect the bigger part of the take. OK, so there is nothing new, really, so then lets just re-brand some old concepts then.
"Moving images, [...] worthy of attention": Lets rehabilitate the popup window.
"authentically digital" (no shading): Let's take a break before the 3D displays come in.
"need to consume": That should play well with the network operators.
"philosophies drawn from “Wayfinding”": Functional style sounds boring? Let's call is a Philosophy.
"users don't have to need to learn a new UI for each app": Explain why users should learn yet another UI.
"content-centric interface": Let's throw in some extra phrases for free.
Honestly, I could give you that kind of bull for a dime a dozen, or for 3% of earnings, whichever is higher.
I can't help wondering...
...if the real reason that UI designers have the urge to change things that work is that alternative is unemployment.
Re: I can't help wondering...
Does the fact that he describes the new scheme as "designer wank" help answer this question?
"Using animation to show users something is worthy of their attention is a new interface tactic he feels will be useful."
Oh noes, it's Clippy again!...
Where do I claim my prize...
for spotting Hitchcock in the clip?
Re: Where do I claim my prize...
Sorry, you just missed the prize.
an industrial user of computers (robots and computer controlled machinery), I want the UI to be clear and easy to read.
Eg if I need to alter a tool setting I want to be able to see the button marked "Tool data" and know where it is.
Along comes the clusterf**k that is windows 8* and it gets installed on our newest machine(very very very unlikely due to safety concerns) and I've got a new screen layout to contend with, then finding whatever the UI designer has seen fit to call "tool data", easy enough once you've got used to it you may think, but in my game all the time the machine is down while I'm re-programming/resetting it == lost money... the longer the task takes, the more money we lose.
*And Gnome 3
Exactly! There are many users who actually have to be productive on a computer. Cartoon UIs and ribbons do nothing to get tooling done and product out.
But isn't it cooler when Clippy tells you that your RBMK is going to die messily in a couple of seconds?
Yeah but thats what the scram button is for..... except your rods have a 2 foot graphite tip that increases the reaction rate as they come down...... assuming of course you can find the scram button in the first place... helpfully hidden behind whatever app has gone full screen and wont let go until you've hit a weird combination of keys, or held the mouse pointer over 1 pixel in the corner somewhere
icon is for whoops too late
"Makes the information [that] applications present their user interface"
You mean, like, er, the words tell you stuff?
Gutenberg would be so proud of us. We've re-invented the book.
Sour Grapes, mayhaps?
Could all of this just be "sour grapes" on Microsoft's part?
"Apple has a beautiful design aesthetic. Our people, not so much. So, beauty and aesthetic design suck, and simple stick figures are the way to go."
(BTW: Getting simple stick figures to "work" is hard, too - just ask Randall Munroe - so I expect Microsoft to do their typical <cough/>fine<cough/> job on that as well.)
Microsoft wank and faps
I am currently noticing that basic print queueing still doesn't work in any reasonable way after ... uh ..... about 20 years? Granted there is a Brother printer on the other side, but still.
How hard is that? Yeah it's not.
Yeah, why dontcha fix that first, Microsoft? Faggots.
If I am looking at a screen, the things in my peripheral vision are not on the screen. Unless I have my nose pressed up against it.