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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
All the lonely houses stand like monuments / To thieves
— Neko Case, Tightly
October 6, 2011
Google Interface Design

I’ve written before about the fact that what some people see as Google’s interface design minimalism is I see as poor design but it struck me again today when I was in Google+.

Google+ itself has a very nicely designed Circles interface which was designed by Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Macintosh team and one of the finest interface designers in the industry. Andy’s General Magic tablets were ahead of their time, and it’s taken decades to catch up.

There are two main when you post to Google+. The first lets you choose the audience for your post (basically letting you choose which circles or members who will see it.) The second actually publishes your post. These two buttons directly adjacent vertically in the interface: there’s almost no space between them..

The buttons are also both the same colour.
Google Plus Interface Buttons The end result is two buttons that are visually indistinct and so close together that muscle memory alone doesn’t guarantee a correct click.

I’m not sure if someone intended to do this, or if it was just an oversight. it could have happened with two separate teams working in tandem, I suppose. Either way, it seems obvious that different colours should have been used here. I’m surprised it hasn’t been fixed yet.

Posted by skooter at 8:11 PM This entry is filed under Design, Technology.
This entry is tagged: Google, Interaction Design, Social Media, social networking, Usability

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