In this video, begin to question the need for dialog boxes.
- Why is the only button on an error message OK…when things are obviously not okay?…When you stop and think about it,…all an error message does is tells you something…about something bad that happened…that you have no chance to fix.…Your word processor just crashed…and lost the last two hours of your work.…Okay.…So why are you being told about it in the first place?…The answer is most of the time,…the error message is either there to help developers…to debug the issue or is an excuse…for why the app isn't working the way it should be.…
But, as interface designers,…you can do something to improve on the situation.…It's really simple.…Just refuse to use error messages.…I'm not saying you shouldn't use modal dialog boxes.…What I mean is rather than error messages…with just an OK button,…you should create meaningful messages…that explain the situation,…the solution, and how to get there.…In the last video on dialog boxes,…we already talked about how to reduce the chance…that users will make errors in the first place.…
- 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
Next steps1m 6s
- Mark as unwatched
- Mark all as unwatched
Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?
This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.Cancel
Take notes with your new membership!
Type in the entry box, then click Enter to save your note.
1:30Press on any video thumbnail to jump immediately to the timecode shown.
Notes are saved with you account but can also be exported as plain text, MS Word, PDF, Google Doc, or Evernote.