I have written quite often over the past year about user interface issues. One of my blog posts worked with the question of whether the interface should be busy or sparse. I also provided a link to a fellow developer white paper which dealt with some simple ideas regarding layout of fields on an entry screen. The user interface has always been something of interest to me, since the users I deal with are looking for simplicity — yet simplicity with powerful functionality.
As a result of reading a post in one of the newsgroups which I follow regularly, I discovered of all things a new (to me) acronym — UX. Now my definition for UX up until today had been UNIX, but now I find it is being used for user experience. (…proof once again that you learn something every day — IF you “show up”). The post which I read had a link to a detailed article named “Label Placement in Forms” –and this article in turn introduced me to a new website www.UXmatters.com. Readers of this blog may find the article, and the website of interest.
Anyway, no matter what you call it, design of an application interface is critical. Not only must an application be fully functional for the task to be performed, but it is important that it be visually functional as well.
I know various developers who from time to time can very quickly get on a soapbox regarding interface design preferences. In my explorations today I found an interesting blog regarding user experiences — “The user experience soapbox“. Enjoy!