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Kismet of Glaciers

Yesterday I treated myself to a higher-grade of Indian restaurant, visiting 「Karma」 in the old city neighbourhood. It was pretty amazing (and pretty expensive). It wasn't spicy, but if I ever go again I'll ask them to turn up the spice. Everything was just a bit novel though (The mint chutney had all the subtlety of a fine wine).

Sad to see that Google's Chrome team has some of the same brain-damage that the GNOME3, Pidgin. and Firefox teams have. People dedicated to fewer UI options (particularly if they decide to do something weird and that everyone else must go along with them) really need not to be let near the code. Oh well; in the case of Chrome I never really liked it, and at least Firefox's "we want to hide all your UI elements" people are not making it mandatory. Yet.

Soon: interviews that'll determine where I'll be living next.


People dedicated to fewer UI options...really need not to be let near the code.

Developers that don't understand the importance of good design really need to not be let near code either. UI complexity doesn't actually directly equate to product quality. (Often it's the inverse, with more complex systems being of significantly lower quality).
I think we need to split software UIs and APIs, and to let the geeks have the configurable interface and scriptability they want, and let the non-techies have the toy interfaces they seem to want too.

Any given UI is, once configured to meet its user's needs, not necessarily that complex, it's just if you really want to let users think about what they need and build it, as a UI designer you have a tough job ahead of you.

(Upd: I know I'm an atypical software user, but I am still a software user, and I would like to see more programming/geek/tinker types in the future, not fewer)

Edited at 2011-10-19 06:07 pm (UTC)