Friday, August 04, 2006

Interface Design: Usability And Visual Innovation Key Future Success Factors

A good discussion about innovative UI designs ...

"This article will have a look at some of the more interesting user interface design ideas we've come across recently:

- Slider-based filtering
- Fisheye menus
- Treemaps
- Drag-and-drop

The point of this article is not to promote any of these user interface designs, but rather to offer them for the purposes of interest and inspiration.

Although we have yet to run any large-scale usability testing on them, we consider each to have the potential (if used in the appropriate circumstances) to offer interesting possibilities for supporting users in the performance of their tasks.

Here the details:
Slider-based filtering

The user interface design of Amazon's Diamond Search uses click-and-drag sliders to allow users to broaden and narrow a wide range of filtering criteria. The page then automatically updates to show how many results conform to the users' selected criteria.

This can be used to create an intuitive and informative interface, making it easy for users to search through a large data set:"   (Continued via Robin Good)               [Usability Resources]

Amazon Diamond Search - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Amazon Diamond Search

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