Tag Archives: Human-Computer Interaction

Rhetorical dialog boxes anyone?

Modal dialogs are something to be very careful around as they break the flow of user interaction and scream at user “Focus! Answer this NOW!”

But what do you think when you get something like this:

Question box?
Question box?

I imagine it would be too much to build a QA tool that would scan all the dialogs and detect if they end with question mark (or if you’re really smart – use natural language processing to detect the question form) and notify someone to take a look at what’s happening. One can dream ..

Have you seen any interesting dialogs recently?

Find of the day: Quince: A UX Patterns Explorer

Being subscribed to a million of different obscure mailing lists and blogs has some advantages. Every once in a while you grab announcement of a rare gem early. Today I receivend an email about Quince – A UX Patterns Explorer by Infragistics.

It’s a visual representation of some of interface patterns used in interface design field. Idea behind these patterns is that if we manage to standardize on certain ways of doing things, then the overall usability and user experience of your interface will benefit from it.

So the big problem is – how do I learn patterns? The usual way in * design profession is that you observe the world around you, take note of remarkable work of others and observe the problems of your users to iterate to a solution.

The other approach is to dive into one of these pattern sites, see how others solved similar presentation/navigation/input/ .. problem and get inspiration from it. Quince is one of such solutions.

Quince browser
Quince browser

It has a wide collection of different patterns together with examples, rational and screen shots. All neatly organizable and browsable. It also allows community to add and vote for their own so it has potential to grow with time.

The bad? It’s done in Silverlight and has a bit confusing User Interface. But it seems to work nicely on my Mac for now and I plan to evaluate it in my future interface design.

Quince patterns
Quince patterns

And for the ones wondering – Quince is a very nice flower of Asian origin:

Quince flower on bush
Image by Martin LaBar via Flickr
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