In this video, learn when it is appropriate to put users in control and when to lead them.
- There are times when we want…to have total control over what we do…and times where we happy…to let someone else guide us through a task.…For instance, one day you might want…to get your exercise by going for a bike ride…where you decide what route to take…and how long to ride for.…Another day, you might want to get your exercise…by going to a yoga session…where the instructor sets the pace…and tells you what to do.…It's the same in software.…There are times when we want to be in control…and times where we want to be led through the process.…
We tend to want to be led…when the task is one we don't do very often…and to be in control when it's a regular task.…Think of some frequent tasks like email…or word processing.…Being in control makes a lot of sense.…We use the software often enough…to know how it works,…maybe even a couple of keyboard shortcuts,…so we aren't looking for the software to hold our hand.…On the other hand, think about filing your taxes.…At least in the USA,…this is a once-a-year task for most people…
- Designing around human limitations
- Telling stories
- How we group the things we see
- Making standard and consistent interfaces
- Smart defaults
- Reducing system latency and communicating during delays
- Making error messages into useful dialogs
- Designing for delight
Skill Level Beginner
1. How Brains Work
2. How We See Things: Perception Principles
3. Real-World Metaphors: Physical Concepts
4. Telling a Story: Workflow Concepts
5. Communicating through the UI
6. Designing for Delight
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