Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tango-A Web application with no back button

Don Norman on a new form of interface ...

"Normally I don't comment upon on link to blogs that talk about me or my work, but this one was too much fun to ignore. One of my Nielsen Norman group clients is H & R Block. I recently helped them develop a new form of interaction for their income tax software, one that was so different than their standard approach that they decided to bring it out as its own separate brand: Tango.

The Vice president who initiated the project is Dave Murray. Here is his block on the experience: No Back Button, Dammit!" (sic). Yup, I laid down a number of design axioms for them. Murray started out by insisting this would be an "Emotional Design." Good way to start. I added:

* No back button
* No navigation
* A clear Conceptual Model
* Error messages that informed, that were reassuring and helpful. No blame
* The product is fun (as much as income tax can be fun)

Murray added:

* Software is a story (shades of Brenda Laurel: Interface as theater)

We all added:

* The product as a persona.
* Movement and tempo as important components of the experience."    (Continued via Don Norman's jnd.org)    [Usability Resources]

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