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GUI Design: Lessons Lost

Why do we fail to learn from the lessons of the past? Because we don’t take the time to learn them! Part of the problem is that we, as designers and creators, often never fully appreciate or understand what went into the products that we are enhancing or replacing. Most users of most software applications take advantage of a minimal subset of the product without gaining much depth or a complete knowledge to build upon. Designers can fall into the same trap. The most effective users of applications I have ever known are those that take the time to read and understand the documentation. These users are efficient, effective, and knowledgeable, but they are the exception. We live in a day of impatience. If a feature cannot be found or understood quickly, the pursuit … Read entire article »

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