Scott Penrose

HID2011

Scott is an expert software developer with over 30 years experience, specialising in education, automation and remote data.

Human Interface Design 2011

Two really obvious interface design problems. I might extend the list later, but these are the ones that bother me today.

Toyota Prius - Heated seats

The heated seats button is up/down. The top button is the left seat, the right button is the bottom seat. Although I know that usually top = left, and bottom = right - as we read left/right, top, down, I end up having to check on the drawing above the buttons each time. What is worse is they are in a space where there is no light, and you usually use heated seats in the morning or night when it is dark.

All this could be solved...

MAKE THE BUTTONS HORIZONTAL - then the left button is the left seat, right button is right seat - pretty obvious really.

Mac OS X Lion - View Full Screen

To hide a mac app you go to the application menu and click hide. The application menu is the one with the application name - e.g. Safari.

Now Apple has created full screen apps and where did the button go? In the View menu? WHY ?

And worse, the button is not "Command-F" as it currently is with Quicktime, DVD Player, Boxee and others, it is something like Control-Command-F. - Why?