User Interface Category

Posts with topics related to human-factors and human-computer interfaces and engineering.

Jan 19 | In search of serendipity and soulful data

Every Wednesday I get the privilege to attend HCI lunches here at Stanford where a mishmash of scholars, professors, and students meet over lunch to watch someone’s presentation on research (and proceed to tear it apart). It does result in some interesting discussions – yesterday being no exception – and I thought I’d share some […]

Feb 26 | Google rolls out new UI

… but only for a few? Click on image for a screenshot.

Oct 18 | The minimalist aesthetic

How far we have come in comprehending the fundamentals of user-oriented design! Here’s an example where functionality has overridden the long-held tenets of design and visual design: the log in screen for an OS. Whereas Microsoft still hangs on to a left-arrow and Apple to a image button, Ubuntu and many other Linux OSes have […]

Sep 3 | The IKEA Furor

Just as Tropicana and Pepsi bungled over rebranding, IKEA now has been added to the list, and this time over something slightly less obvious. It’s that feeling you get when you feel like someone’s rubbed your fur the wrong way. If you were a cat, that is. Still, the change is pretty obvious if you […]

Jun 4 | Radio button UI

An online banking security prompt asks me whether or not the computer I’m using is a public computer or not: Problem: Even though there is a lot of text associated with each radio button, I have to navigate to the button itself each time to select one or the other option (frustratingly, the site assumes […]