[MUD-Dev] MUD client popularity

Brian Hook brianhook at pyrogon.com
Thu Feb 5 20:33:26 New Zealand Daylight Time 2004


On Thu, 05 Feb 2004 11:16:44 -0500, Edward Glowacki wrote:

> Very few programmers have UI skills in the same league as the
> average interaction designer of a similar experience level.

In my experience, "UI specialists" generally, well, suck.  They're
not rigorous in their approach and often feel that UI design is an
artistic profession, when it is clearly an engineering/psychology
avocation.

If someone is serious about designing UI, they need to read:

  "About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design" by Cooper
  and Reimann

  "User Interface Design for Programmers" by the aforementioned Joel
  Spolsky (mostly a distilled version of About Face)

  "The Design of Everyday Things" by Donald Norman, a classic

The #1 rule, by far, that they all try to get across is this: the
interface should match the user's mental model, NOT the programmer's
implementation model.

Brian
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