Even the best designers produce successful products only if their designs solve the right problems. A wonderful interface to the wrong features will fail.— Jakob Nielsen
Perspective Interface quotations
A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good.
Fungi are the interface organisms between life and death.
Skin has become inadequate in interfacing with reality.
Technology has become the body's new membrane of existence.
To design an easy-to-use interface, pay attention to what users do, not what they say. Self-reported claims are unreliable, as are user speculations about future behavior.
First, I'd like to see the basic tools such as compilers, debuggers, profilers, database interfaces, GUI builders, CAD tools, and so forth fully support the ISO standard.
Often your 'fixes' are actually removing capabilities that you had, because they were 'too confusing to the user'. GNOME seems to be developed by interface Nazis, where consistently the excuse for not doing something is not 'it's too complicated to do', but 'it would confuse users'.
A general principle for all user interface design is to go through all of your design elements and remove them one at a time.
A picture is worth a thousand words. An interface is worth a thousand pictures.
People who work on the user interface side need to have empathy as a key characteristic. But if you are writing device drivers you don't really need to understand humans so well.
The fusion of art and technology that we call interface design.
In many cases the user interface to a program is the most important part for a commercial company: whether the programs works correctly or not seems to be secondary.
As far as the customer is concerned, the interface is the product.
The only intuitive interface is the nipple. Everything else is learned.
The ecologist has a much more comprehensive and holistic view of the world.
We're looking at the natural environment as well as the human built environment and the connectivity between the two - how do the natural environment and the human-built environment interact and interface with each other.
A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about.
Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present;
inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.
I dream of a Digital India where technology ensures the Citizen-Government interface is incorruptible.
The new course we're on at Interface .
.. is to pioneer the next Industrial Revolution: one that is kinder and gentler to the earth.
You can communicate to a new cybercity.
.. This will be the ideal home server. Did you see the movie The Matrix? Same interface. Same concept. Starting from next year, you can jack into The Matrix!
But biology and computer science - life and computation - are related.
I am confident that at their interface great discoveries await those who seek them.
A well-designed and humane interface does not have to be split into beginner and expert subsystems.
First was the mouse. The second was the click wheel. And now, we're going to bring multi-touch to the market. And each of these revolutionary interfaces has made possible a revolutionary product - the Mac, the iPod and now the iPhone.
I think the major good idea in Unix was its clean and simple interface: open, close, read, and write.
The idea is that the content is the interface, the information is the interface, not computer-administrative debris.
Keep it simple: In general, interfaces should use simple geometric forms, minimal contours, and a restricted color palette comprised primarily of less-saturated or neutral colors balanced with a few high contrast accent colors that emphasize important information. Typography should not vary widely in an interface.
This is the Unix philosophy. Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs that handle text streams, because that is a universal interface.
You look at it [a photograph] and all around the real world is humming, buzzing and moving, and yet in this little frame there is stillness that looks like the world. That connection, that collision, that interfacing, is one of the most astonishing things we can experience.
An interface is humane if it is responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties.
I don't want to use my creative energy on somebody else's user interface.
A user interface is well-designed when the program behaves exactly how the user thought it would.
The librarian isn't a clerk who happens to work in a library.
A librarian is a data hound, a guide, a sherpa and a teacher. The librarian is the interface between reams of data and the untrained but motivated user.
I think complexity is mostly sort of crummy stuff that is there because it's too expensive to change the interface.
If you ask me, the hypothetical zenith of gaming technology is direct neural interface - no body to hamper you and your brain is in whatever you want it to be in. Plus it leads to existential uncertainty, which could be entertaining.
I have discovered that there are two types of command interfaces in the world of computing: good interfaces and user interfaces.
Information and images bump against each other every day in massive quantities, and the resonance of this interfacing is like the babble of a village or tavern gossip session.