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 Laws of Interface Design

Jason Spisak, Ryan Quinn, and more are doing something very interesting with Symphony. From the Symphony website: "Symphony OS is a Desktop computer operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and Knoppix GNU/Linux. Rather than using the KDE or Gnome Desktop environments as most Linux distributions do, the Symphony OS team has created the revolutionary Mezzo Desktop environment. Symphony provides what we consider to be the easiest to use Linux experience there is."

"I am by no means an expert, nor certified, accredited or formally studied in the field of UI design. However, after years of being tortured by brainless interfaces designed by professionals, I decided to take all of my thousands of hours of experience on hundreds of programs and write my own laws of UI design. I've read a grand total of one article regarding Fitt's Laws and other UI concepts and have used Windows 3.11, 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Mac OS 7.5 through OSX, and just about every Linux distribution containing KDE 1.1.2 through 3, Gnome 2, and other desktops and windows managers. These laws of user interface design are user-centric and inspired by the idea that interfaces should befriend the user when possible, and simply be less. After each law, I explain how Mezzo implements it."
Symphony OS: Laws of Interface Design

 (Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 27, 2005 )


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