Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Drawn Together

Insight on how users frequently use drawing tools in Office...

"Creating a drawing in Office is different is a few key ways from other features we expose on the Insert tab of the Ribbon.

Most notably, individual shapes are usually part of an overall drawing. It's less common that someone intends to draw a solitary circle than that the circle joins together with other shapes and lines to communicate an idea as a complete drawing. Unlike a table or a picture, which is usually by itself a complete expression, shapes and lines tend to work together.

This creates some interesting usability and efficiency issues for the drawing UI. The first realization we had very early on in the design process was that drawing is a cyclical task. Unlike the simple Insert -> Format workflow of a table, the workflow for drawing often looks more like Insert -> Format -> Insert -> Insert -> Insert -> Format -> Insert -> Insert -> etc."   continued ...   (Via Jensen Harris)

a continuous process - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

a continuous process


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