Laws of Interface Design
Jason Spisak, Ryan Quinn, and more are doing something very interesting with Symphony. From the Symphony website: "Symphony OS is a Desktop computer operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and Knoppix GNU/Linux. Rather than using the KDE or Gnome Desktop environments as most Linux distributions do, the Symphony OS team has created the revolutionary Mezzo Desktop environment. Symphony provides what we consider to be the easiest to use Linux experience there is."
"I am by no means an expert, nor certified, accredited or
formally studied in the field of UI design. However, after
years of being tortured by brainless interfaces designed
by professionals, I decided to take all of my thousands
of hours of experience on hundreds of programs and write
my own laws of UI design. I've read a grand total of one
article regarding Fitt's Laws and other UI concepts and
have used Windows 3.11, 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Mac OS 7.5
through OSX, and just about every Linux distribution containing
KDE 1.1.2 through 3, Gnome 2, and other desktops and windows
managers. These laws of user interface design are user-centric
and inspired by the idea that interfaces should befriend
the user when possible, and simply be less. After each law,
I explain how Mezzo implements it." Symphony OS: Laws of Interface Design
(Submitted by Noel Thu Oct 27, 2005 )
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