Design.

Ben Logan
20 June 2012

Ebay have recently begun testing a new search interface but unfortunately for the ecommerce giant, their message boards have been buzzing with negative feedback. The changes have been described as the beginning of “a learning curve” – however those used to the old style pages are expected to find the revamp difficult to adjust to. For the first case in point, the size of images has been increased, leading to several testers complaining that they could only see four listings per page due to the resolution of their displays and that it increases the amount of scrolling required. This alone…

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Ben Logan
18 June 2012

The user experience results for Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 8 are starting to flow in – and they aren’t very positive. A blogger named Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has described it as “a design disaster”. While he praised the new Metro UI on Windows 8 for its initial good looks, he said it falls down miserably in terms of actual usability. Apparently, Metro is exhausting since it requires users to scroll too much. In addition, not only has Metro been made the primary user interface in Windows 8, Microsoft developers have seen fit to destroy the ‘classic’ UI experience too by…

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Ben Logan
11 June 2012

Tactus Technology, a US based start-up company, have revealed a prototype of their new touchscreen that features automatically rising and falling buttons. Demonstrated at the recent SID 2012 event, the prototype was shown on an Android tablet device. The patented tactile layer features a next-generation haptic user interface with real physical buttons that rise out of the surface and then recede back as needed. Such a system has long been sought after, and Tactus claim that their prototype is the first of its kind to be demonstrated. The display screen is completely flat and makes use of microfluidic technology to…

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Ben Logan
23 April 2012

HTC recently launched the HTC One S smartphone, featuring the new Sense user interface (version 4.0).  Audiences had given mixed feedback on the previous version of the Sense user interface, with some consumers feeling that it was cumbersome and overly complicated.  The new version features numerous features and design touches that – its developers hope – will make it easier to use. At first glance, the interface does not look radically different to previous iterations, but small changes mean that it is much quicker and more convenient to use.  Users are now able, for example, to arrange many screens’ icons…

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Ben Logan
13 April 2012

The Dolphin Browser HD has proven to be highly popular amongst Android enthusiasts, even with the growing number of other browsers now available on the Google Play Store. And with their latest user interface update, the company behind Dolphin are sure to see even more uptake of their product. Dolphin Browser HD 8.0 has now been released as a free download with an impressive UI redesign that highlights an appealing range of new features. The biggest change that previous users will notice is the new menu bar that slims down the old double-row interface and tidily hides many of the…

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Ben Logan
11 April 2012

Google’s browser-based Chrome OS has had a visual revamp that makes it look like a cross between Windows and Apple’s OS X. The new Aura UI replaces Google’s original single browser window idea by presenting multiple overlapping windows instead, plus a few other features that give it the appearance of a desktop display. You’ll firstly notice the taskbar (renamed by Google as ‘shelf) – it stretches across the bottom of the screen to provide fast access to a range of web apps and also offers a quick glance at system information such as battery level, network connections, time and date…

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