The condescending UI

December 11 2011

Paul Miller is writing about The condescending UI, where most of today’s UIs are adopting a very condescending tone and attitude towards people.

My problem with many modern UIs is that they never get past the telling phase. They’re always dressing up their various functions with glows and bevels and curves, and in the process they somehow become overbearing to my senses. “Did you know you can click this? Don’t forget there’s a save button over here! Let me walk you to your control panel.” Imagine a car that verbally explains all of its various knobs and levers the first time you get into the car. Wonderful, right? Now imagine that car explaining all of these various functions every single time you get in the car for the next five years, until you finally snap and drive it off a cliff.

Worth reading! Also make sure you check the link to Ars Technica, where the author talks about skeuomorphic design.


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