[MUD-Dev] MUD client popularity

Edward Glowacki glowack2 at msu.edu
Thu Feb 5 11:16:44 New Zealand Daylight Time 2004

On Wed, 2004-02-04 at 20:09, J C Lawrence wrote:
> On Mon, 02 Feb 2004 11:27:51 -0500
> Edward Glowacki <glowack2 at msu.edu> wrote:

>> Programmers are not good UI designers.  It's a different skill
>> set and a different way of thinking.

> This rather depends on the audience (note that an API is also a UI
> for a specialised audience):

>   http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Biculturalism.html

Good article. I had actually read it once before, shortly after it
came out, but it's always good to go back and read Joel's
stuff... =)

True, API's are a form of UI, but the API itself is only part of the
picture.  The UI for it also contains all of the documentation,
installation routines, debug output, etc. too.  Only if all those
pieces are done well can the UI as a whole be judged "good".

Back to UI's in general.  The question we're talking about here
really shouldn't be "How good of a UI can a programmer make?" but
rather "How good will a programmer's UI be compare to one designed
by a UI specialist?"  Very few programmers have UI skills in the
same league as the average interaction designer of a similar
experience level.


Edward Glowacki			glowack2 at msu.edu
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