Donnerstag, 26. April 2012

User Interface

User Interface I've been blogging for 4 years now. In this time, I changed my Blogger user interface once. At first, I thought it wasn't a change to the better, out then, I was very satisfied with the current "old" design. The photo uploading funcitonality made a great leap forward. The only drawback I know at the moment is the missing possibility to enter font sizes in percent. Now, Blogger is about to intnoduce an entierly new user interface. I think they first offered me to switch last autunm. I tried it, but didn't like the thing. I only switched to the now-old layout back then! Now, the free blog-hoster from Google wants to force me to switch. The longer the more, I see boxes pop up everywhere, telling me to change my interface. I think I won't do it until there's no other way anymore. Every time Pacebook or other major sites roll out a new layout, there's an outcry of the internet community. In early 2009, when the Internet Explorer 6 was about 8 years old, about every fifth internet user still used the zombie-browser. Version 7 had bee n available for about 3 years at that time. I have no idea why people often hesitate to update. But typewriters never needed updates, and their functi- onality remained the same for decades. Were they a perfect design? Remington Deluxe Noiseless. This awesome post was brought to you by the mighty Typosphere

3 Kommentare:

Richard P hat gesagt…

I switched to the new Blogger format. Don't love it, but it does look much less busy and crowded on the screen.

Even though individual typewriters couldn't get new operating systems or interfaces, companies did try introducing lots of new features to get people to buy new machines: for instance, "noiseless" typewriters, "magic margin," flat portables, big portables, keyset tabulators, etc.

Ton S. hat gesagt…

I definitely agree with you, I have not seen the need to switch to the new interface. I hesitate because I don't believe in change just for the sake of changing.

Miguel Chávez hat gesagt…

That's a very good question, and still, I'd have to say that typewriters did update over time, and they did generate pretty much the same reactions among users, although not as easily shared and not as widespread because of their lack of connectivity; but to this day, you can still hear people saying that typebar machines are better than, say, sphere or daisywheel designs, while others, like me, can be very comfortable using the "new" designs and switching over to typebars and back depending of the job at hand. So yeah, technology has always had a tendency to update and continue evolving, and that applies not only to computers or web sites, but to cars, typewriters, and pretty much everything we use.

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