Elegant Interface Designs in Open Source Software


Steven Garrity at Acts of Volition cites some examples of elegant interface design in open source software:

  • Firefox
  • Gnome and the Spatial Nautilus
  • Hunting for Preferences in Gaim

He concludes with a paragraph or two discussing why the myth of the "power-user" and "average-user" is bad for interface design:

Rather than adding more and more features for the mythical „power userš, or swing to the other end of the spectrum and dumb-down the interface for the mythical „average userš, smart developers are learning that good defaults and elegant interface design makes software better for everyone to use, regardless of their level of experience.
From The Rise of Interface Elegance in Open Source Software | Acts of Volition
Referenced Fri May 07 2004 10:32:59 GMT-0600