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Artem Tashkinov writes: Here are the staples of the modern user interface (in varying degree apply to modern web/and most operating systems like Windows 10, iOS and even Android):
  • Too much white space, huge margins, too little information
  • Text is indistinguishable from controls
  • Text in CAPS
  • Certain controls cannot be easily understood (like on/off states for check boxes or elements like tabs)
  • Everything presented in shades of gray or using a severely and artificially limited palette
  • Often awful fonts suitable only for HiDPI devices (Windows 10 modern apps are a prime example)
  • Cannot be controlled by keyboard
  • Very little customizability if any

How would Slashdotters explain the proliferation and existance of such unusable user interfaces and design choices?

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A point of contention: modern user interfaces

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  • by Damouze ( 766305 ) on Friday January 27, 2017 @05:27AM (#53747249)

    So I am not the only one who thinks modern UI design is failing utterly at what it is supposed to do?

    UIs are supposed to be easiliy understood, easily used and easily controlled. Nearly everything is in shades of grey, it is not clear which parts of the interface belong together and most importantly for a window manager, it is unclear which window is active and which is not. More or less important keyboard shortcuts of the operating system are intercepted by browser interfaces (although that is mostly a matter of convention), etc., etc.

    The problem is not limited to Windows 10. It started with Windows 7, and alternative desktop operating systems suffer the same problem.

  • by Spazmania ( 174582 ) on Friday January 27, 2017 @11:03AM (#53748241) Homepage

    How would Slashdotters explain the proliferation and existance of such unusable user interfaces and design choices?

    Inexperienced developers willing to say yes when their wiser colleagues say no.

    • by Z00L00K ( 682162 )

      "User Interface Specialists" and "Designers" are to blame - they do what they think is "Cool".

      One example is the "Ribbon" bar in many modern software packages that changes layout dynamically which means that stuff you use moves around which in turn leads to the "Search Next" button for example moves around so you have to move the mouse pointer for each search to avoid surprises.

  • Dynamic menus that change constantly are a pain, but few things piss me off more than web pages that keep changing, moving, and reflowing content WHILE THE GODDAMN PAGE IS BEING DISPLAYED. It never fails... you go to touch a link, and in the 200ms it takes your finger to reach the screen, the goddamn page reflows itself, and something you never intended to click ends up getting triggered instead. It's a hellish problem with mobile-"optimized" (in quotes, to emphasize sarcasm) websites, but the plague is now

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"