Please note that I’m not bashing neither the features nor the capabilities of the device. Not at all.
Excellent read: Logic Versus Usage: The Case for Activity-Centered Design.
I applaud the courage of the Office 12 UI team to take the risk and introduce a new UI (the “Ribbon” being the most prominent feature of the new UI) to deal with making Office more accessible, discoverable and in the very end, usable.
This is great stuff and worth looking into in great detail. Here are some great resources on the new Office 12 UI:
* BayCHI session video & audio
* Jensen Harris’ Blog
There’s a new book out there by 37signals called Getting Real. True to their philosophy of less features, it’s PDF only.
Not enough features, folks.
If they would have a dead-tree edition of the PDF, I would buy it right away.
* Reading a book on the screen sucks
* Printing out 171 pages on an aging, constantly-paper-jamming laser printer sucks even more
* Reading a stack of 171 (or 171 / 2) DIN A4 / US letter sized sheets of paper while sitting on the, uhm, well, “throne” sucks royally (*).
There’s no alternative to the clean, user-friendly UI of a book.
(*) Hey, I’m a married man & dad of two wonderful daughters. Sitting on the, uhm, well, “throne” is the only time I have left to read a book in peace & quiet)
[Update: No, I don’t want to bind my own paperback book]
Another great post on Coding Horror: Error Codes Must Die.