Monday, June 8th, 2009

Craftmanship and UI latency

Category: Editorial

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Ben gave a fantastic talk on creating compelling user experiences that discussed craftmanship in software.

He details the somewhat opposing views of Alan Cooper (pictured above) and Joel Spolsky talking about how IT people are screwed when it comes to quality. A depressing thought, and one that we need to combat in the trenches by just creating great software at work and proving that it is a winning strategy.

One piece of the talk I wanted to highlight was when Ben discussed UI latency. He has a simple feedback test page that lets you see how various delays make you feel. Give it a go and think about what feels sluggish and annoying. It differs between people, but 100ms feels like the “noticeable” level and 200+ feels sluggish. We should have a page that doesn’t show numbers and is randomly setup, and then do a test. What do you think?

Also, to finish off, you owe it to yourself to spend a couple of minutes watching this awesome rant of Louis C.K. as he discusses how screwed up we are wrt expectations:

This is actually incredibly relevant to us as developers, as we run up against expectations in software too. Do you want to meet expectations? Or set new boundaries?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:25 am
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That Louis CK guy was absolutely LOL.

Comment by JohnDeHope3 — June 8, 2009

This is why Javascript frameworks are doing it wrong.

Comment by Darkimmortal — June 8, 2009

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