With my adventures of Windows 8 I came into a long standing discussion of Human Computer Interface and Interaction Design. Windows 8 is probably the most dramatic change of UI in Windows ever, and its focus is seemingly only on improving new ideas, or moving onto mobile platforms. CES in the last few years has been about that, pretty much: mobile technology and new ways to interact with Technology. I admit that I like Windows 8 and its new ideals, but newer isn't always better.
|Foobar 2000, please don't make fun of my musical tastes|
In the above picture I make use of only one(visual) third party plugin: Facets. Facets allows me to search my library quickly and easily. I can find certain artists and albums quickly. I could also search songs, genres, years and etc. being able to add this plugin changed Foobar2000 from being an average Music Player to the best ever. It's not fancy, it's not flash. It doesn't look cool and it actually kind of boring, but it's so fast, light weight, and easy to use that I can't understand anyone who doesn't use it.
Facebook, in honesty, is a designer's nightmare. Not because it's terrible or hard to use (although it has been both of those things and may still be), but because 300 million people use it. It's very difficult to make a product that such a large amount of people use.
Having said that, I must say that I've never liked Facebook's design. I both understand and don't agree with what they do. Their mission, ultimately, is to deliver content that you're interested in. This means at some point Facebook will stop showing you posts by people you never look at or comment on. You won't see pictures you don't want to view or games you don't play (hopefully anyway). Now, I understand why they do this, it's very easy to just friend everyone you see on Facebook. They've done what they could to stop everyone from friend'ing whoever you want, but there is a backlash from that.
Honestly, Facebook is an advertisement engine. It's how they make money, but their method of content delivery isn't for me. Also, the ever changing design is confusing. It's often unneeded and ever limiting.
The Whole website and service values your time. It's eloquent, easy-to-use, minimalist, and valuable. Honestly, I think it's the perfect social network. It focuses on new things, like we all should.
|Google's Iconic Andorid|
This is the failing of Windows 8 and its worst feature: it makes strides in combing the two principles of desktop and mobile computing, but manages to further neither.
I want to talk about this a bit more, so look for a post coming soon about Windows 8, again.