We have moved well into the new year, and this is a great time to briefly pause and look back at the year 2010, which has been a remarkable year in many ways. It’s been exciting, to say the least, with Facebook becoming the most frequented website on the world wide web, Google Android mixing up the mobile market, the number of mobile internet users growing massively, Twitter becoming a viable communication channel for established businesses, and cloud services really starting to take off as companies like Microsoft, IBM, or SAP have followed Amazon into the virtual world.
What role do topics like user interface design or usability play in this setting? Well, with more and more services going “cloud” or mobile, most companies have noticed that traditional interface design concepts need to be reconsidered, not only because navigation patterns differ when you are using software in a web browser or on the small screen of a mobile touch device, but also because the competition is becoming ever more intense online and in the mobile market.
To pay tribute to the rising significance of great user interface design, we have started creating poetry that plays on the variations of UI design topics. Here are a few of the diamonds in this modern category of usability and wireframing poetry. Enjoy!
Ode to the Usability of Interface Designs
Though still unfinished pride of expertness
Thou wireframe of an interface design
A rapid paper prototype used to express
Ideas of layouts and navigation that lurk in the mind
What icons and buttons envelope thy shape
Of links and portals that strive with growth
through the fiber optic cables of an ISP
Streaming gigabytes of info with ease for you and me both
What mad pursuit ever since the struggles of Netscape
When the ripe World Wide Web became destiny
Interfaces designs are sweet, but those uncluttered
Are sweeter: which is a reason why users stay on
When a website is clear it becomes more endear’d
Leading to increased visits and subjective satisfaction
Being used with great ease and not wanting to leave
Accomplishing tasks with minimum error scares
Knowing I can recover if something goes amiss
Though winning near the goal – yet, I do not grieve
For using this graphical user interface design is bliss
With a high level of memorability, this interface design is a breath of fresh air!
Based on “Ode to a Grecian Urn” by John Keats
Ode to a Skinned Interface Design
I went to the link my friend sent me,
And I saw what I never had seen;
An ad banner was built in the midst,
Where I used to click on the screen.
With no choice but to scroll down I did frown,
My friend’s interface design was upside down,
Like a tourist with no clue I looked around lost in town,
‘Cause there were no breadcrumbs to be found.
A millisecond too long I located local navigation,
Thinking ‘they sure could use a wireframe tool for their creations’.
With findability resolved these usability problems would dissolve
And, in tow, his search engine ranking would evolve.
Based on “The Garden of Love” by William Blake
Instant Interface Design Sorrow
My mother groaned, my father wept:
Into their shopping cart unwanted things leapt,
Helpless, overcharged but arrestingly proud,
Feeling like a fiend was hid in ‘the cloud’.
Who to blame when the mouse was in my father’s hands,
Well poor usability & interface design will hurt a brand,
Placing the ‘Cancel’ button a nanometer from ‘Buy’ is not best,
Especially with a return policy worse than the rest.
Based on “Infant Sorrow” by William Blake
The original idea behind these poems was to adapt famous poems and use them to shed light on issues that affect usability, wireframes, wireframing tools and user interface design. If you have some suggestions of poems that you would like for us to interpolate during the coming year, please feel free to leave a comment with your request in it.