User Interface design will affect efficiency and experience

by Boshi W
I read an article on Design Shack talking about the UI designs on of Apple’s products not very efficient and create problems for users. One design was the Ibooks User Interface being too spaced out and letters too cramped comparing to its competitors Amazon Kindle’s simple and intuitive design interface which gives much free space to breathe. The Authors calls this design the “uncanny valley”. Another UI design flaw was the Cockpit for Mac OSX also being too realistic but inefficient in user experience. The author argues that apps with simplicity in mind is more user friendly and adaptive then apps trying to make it too realistic.

I agree with the author on this issue simply because I believe that technology should make life easier rather than harder. Apps such as ibooks will make a huge impact in the book market simply because its more affordable and simple. Making the UI simple and intuitive will only add to the user experience rather than making it too realistic like an actual book with limited spaces. The designer should focus on adapting every bit of the spaces available for use rather than wasting empty spaces for book margins etc.

We have come to an age of technology heavy era where everything is slowly being replaced by one technology form or another. User Interface designers will have harder and harder time to design both beautiful and efficient interfaces to maximize user experience as tech devices become smaller and smaller. Using every bit of available spaces efficiently is the key to designing a sold application so that users can truly benefit from using technologies.

Johnson, J. (2011, March 30). UI Design: Should We Really Be Afraid of the Uncanny Valley?. Designer Shack. Retrieved October 9, 2011, from designshack.co.uk/articles/graphics/ui-design-should-we-really-be-afraid-of-the-uncanny-valley

1 thought on “User Interface design will affect efficiency and experience”

  1. I happen to disagree with you on the idea that the iBooks is hard to read. My brother has an iPad, and I’ve found iBooks to be very nice. However, the Kindle might be better, but one must remember that the Kindle isn’t made for anything but eBooks, while the apple products are useful in a variety of ways. When a device only has to do one thing, it should be able to do that one thing better than a device that does more.

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