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Showing passwords on log-in screens

The UX of security and privacy is a serious design challenge.

“Why show passwords? Passwords have long been riddled with usability issues. Because of overly complex security requirements (a minimum number of characters, some punctuation, the birthdate of at least one French king) and difficult to use input fields, password entry often results in frustrated customers and lost business.”

(Luke Wroblewski a.k.a. @LukeW)

The future of user interfaces

Minority Report in laymen’s terms. HCI for academics

“We are web designers and developers. As obvious as our work is (we build interactive media applications) there’s a deeper meaning to what we do. We analyze design problems and explore different concepts to solve them. This also means that we think of the communication between a device and the user. We develop that communication. We design what the user sees and does.”

(Sven Lenaerts a.k.a. @svenlen ~ tut+)

Transitional interfaces

Animation conveys meaning.

“Folks keep throwing around the word ‘delight’ when referring to animation and cute interactions. Cool and great for those guys. Guess what though? Animation can be used functionally too. It’s not just an embellished detail. Animation leverages an overlooked dimension – time! An invisible fabric which stitches space together. You don’t have to be a math dork to understand this. Let’s take a look at some simple ideas.”

(Pasquale D’Silva ~ Medium Design/UX)

A great UI is invisible

“The best computer is a quiet, invisible servant.” once said the legendary Mark Weiser.

“A user interface that is invisible and that provides seamless interaction possibilities will help the user focus on their goals and direct them to what they need.”

(Patrick Cox a.k.a @pcridesagain ~ Codrops)

No to NoUI

When you use it, it has an interface. Even a paper book has one, the text

“Of course the interfaces we design may become normalised in use, effectively invisible over time, but that will only happen if we design them to be legible, readable, understandable and to foreground culture over technology. To build trust and confidence in an interface in the first place, enough that it can comfortably recede into the background.”

(Timo Arnall)

How ‘Minority Report’ trapped us in a world of bad interfaces

Getting from off the track to on the track.

“And at the end of the day, it’s visual accessibility driving this trend. Hopefully one day we’ll reach the point where filmmakers don’t want computers to look like conducting an orchestra, and we’ll be able to back out of this interface cul-de-sac and find our way forward into a genuinely natural way of using our devices.”

(Christian Brown a.k.a. @DeepOmega ~ The Awl)