Re: [Usability] UI design question
- From: "Dave Foster" <dave foster gmail com>
- To: "Matthew Paul Thomas" <mpt myrealbox com>
- Cc: usability gnome org, gtk-app-devel-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: [Usability] UI design question
- Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 22:21:04 -0400
Hi Matthew + Jacob -
Thanks for the advice, some good stuff in here.
On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 7:59 PM, Matthew Paul Thomas <mpt myrealbox com>
My first thought is: That list of actions doesn't seem to include
anything that requires it to be a dialog. Could it be an ordinary window
I guess I just didn't get the difference between the two. I thought a
dialog was just a window with a pre-defined layout. I'm guessing by your
reactions there is a bit more?
Instead, try thinking object -> verb: present the list of themes first,
with the actions afterwards. Like this:
This is much calmer, even while it lets you see the complete list of
themes at a glance (which the radio-button-based design wouldn't).
To be honest, it didn't strike me right away, but this could be a pretty
good way of looking at it. I'll fiddle with it a bit and see what looks
good. Any other options for laying it out? The buttons at the bottom seem
a bit.. eh, i don't know how to describe it. Would it lose anything if they
were on the right, arranged vertically?
Here's what would happen to the previous options:
* "Create a new theme" -> "New...", then type its name into the
newly-created table row.
* "Create a new theme based on an existing theme" -> select theme,
then click "Duplicate..." and type the name into the newly-created
* "Open an existing theme" -> select theme, then click "Open".
* "Edit current theme" -> open window, then click "Edit" (the current
theme being selected by default).
* "Open last edited theme" -> select theme, then click "Edit...".
I think the "edit" and "open" actions are really the same thing here, so
they can be combined into a single button.
Thinking about the (future) general users of this application, the "new from
scratch" option is going to be not used very often. I think the majority of
themers start off by copying something (the duplicate) and then tweaking it
until it is unrecognizable, so I think the "create based on an existing" or
"edit existing" are the two most important items on this menu. With the
"new theme" being so prevalent, I think people will miss the functionality
of "duplicate" on first glance, until they try it a few times and see what
I hope I'm being clear above. With this info in mind, does it change
anything about what you said?
Either way, thanks for this information, it's exactly the kind of stuff I
was looking for. Sorry if I am not so "that's perfect!" out the gate, I'm
trying to learn this stuff a bit, not just follow blind advice :)
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