Monday, May 21st, 2007
Bill Higgins wrote about design for the web vs. repeating desktop applications on the web in The Uncanny Valley of User Interface Design.
It has stirred up debate on various blogs around the web.
Ever since the beginning there has been talk on using web metaphors on the web, and desktop ones on the desktop. Bill is correct, that as soon as we get richer technology, the temptation is to jump into the “desktop can now be done on the web!” way of thinking.
It isn’t a simple problem though. Even Bill acknowledges at the end that it may make sense for Zimbra to look more like Outlook than Gmail. Where are your users coming from?
That being said, I think that we still have a long way to go on how to make rich applications on the web feel right, and not just be desktop apps that have a browser chrome. What do you think?
We all know what Jakob Nielsen thinks about Web 2.0 design.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:12 am