對 UI Redesign 的砲火

看到「UI redesigns are mostly a waste of time」這篇,標題說明了他想講的重點... 把粗體字的部份標出來:

Just stop redesigning the UI all the time.

People use applications because of their purpose, not because it is pleasing to the eye.

The only time a UI should be updated is if it impacts the ability of a user to actually use your application.

Please stop changing everything, stop making it more work for us to relearn the applications we like to use.

Does it really add up, or are you just giving designers busywork that doesn't amount to anything in the end?

Sometimes, if we are able to do it does not mean we should.

這讓我想到 Gmail 了...

B612 字型

B 612 是小王子裡的星球,被拿來引用當作字型名稱了:「B612 – The font family」。

這是空中巴士設計給飛機上的系統用的,所以包括了「舒服」(長時間) 與「易讀」,算是某種以「安全」為考量的字體?

In 2010, Airbus initiated a research collaboration with ENAC and Université de Toulouse III on a prospective study to define and validate an “Aeronautical Font”: the challenge was to improve the display of information on the cockpit screens, in particular in terms of legibility and comfort of reading, and to optimize the overall homogeneity of the cockpit.

然後包括了 regular 與 monospace 兩種:

Git 的記錄已經 open source 一陣子了,拿來當 sans-serif 用一段時間看看好了...

Chrome 把所謂的「trivial subdomain」移除後有人爆氣了...

先前在「關閉新版 Google Chrome 網址列雞婆省略 www 的行為...」提到 Google Chromewww 這些常見的 subdomain 從顯示列上移除的事情。我是因為用 beta channel 所以比較快就開始抱怨,而一般使用者在這幾天 stable channel 更新後開始收到這樣的改變,於是就爆炸了:「Incorrect transforms when stripping subdomains」。

有人直接噴這是什麼鳥蛋決策 XDDD

I actually thought Chrome was malfunctioning. This decision seems totally arbitrary. Was there any research done to justify this decision, or was it the whimsy of a PM who thought it would be a cool UX thing?

另外有人問 Google 是不是應該去開個 CVE,直接認定是安全性威脅... XD

然後一如往常的,被打上 Restrict-AddIssueComment-EditIssue 不讓其他人加意見進去了... 大概不會有下文了 XD

話說回來,這幾天測 Firefox 發現頗吃 CPU 與 GPU 的效能 (相較於 Google Chrome),實在換不過去...

關閉新版 Google Chrome 網址列雞婆省略 www 的行為...

因為平常用的 Google Chrome 是 beta channel,前陣子出新版後網址遇到 wwwm 時就會不見,像是網址輸入 https://www.google.com,在連上後會變成這樣:

這樣讓人很不習慣,當時在網路上找了一些資料都沒找到,結果剛剛找資料時意外發現找到解法了:「Chrome address bar no longer shows protocol or www subdomain」。

把這個選項改成 Disabled 後,重開瀏覽器就恢復原來的行為了...


一堆國外新聞網站超愛這套,這不是 Flash 時代的搞法嗎,怎麼現在還這樣搞啊... 在 Google Chrome 內建的設定就可以關掉了,先進入 chrome://flags,然後選擇「Document activation is required.」:

中文版的 Chrome 不知道是翻成什麼,就自己翻譯猜一下吧...

Amazon CloudWatch 支援縮放與拖拉調整時間區間

Amazon CloudWatch 的操作上支援 Zoom 與 Pan 了:「Amazon CloudWatch now supports two new chart visualization options in metrics and dashboards」。

Zoom 是改變時間的粒度:

You can use the CloudWatch console to graph metric data generated by AWS services and your applications. Now, you can zoom into a shorter time period such as one minute or five minutes while viewing the metric graph at a longer interval.

Pan 則是維持一樣的粒度,但改變開始與結束的時間:

Once zoomed, you can also pan the metric graph across your selected interval, but at a zoomed detail level.


iOS App 的釣魚

在「iOS Privacy: steal.password - Easily get the user's Apple ID password, just by asking」這邊作者示範了怎麼釣魚:直接模擬 iOS 的系統視窗跟使用者要密碼。

看了只有「操」... 目前想的到的 workaround 只有在看到類似的視窗時跳回主畫面,透過 Settings 裡確認?

iOS 11 的無線網路與藍芽關假的讓 EFF 不爽...

這次 iOS 11 的無線網路與藍芽需要到 Settings (設定) 裡面才能有效關掉的設計,讓 EFF 不爽寫了一篇文章:「iOS 11’s Misleading “Off-ish” Setting for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is Bad for User Security」。

On an iPhone, users might instinctively swipe up to open Control Center and toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off from the quick settings. Each icon switches from blue to gray, leading a user to reasonably believe they have been turned off—in other words, fully disabled. In iOS 10, that was true. However, in iOS 11, the same setting change no longer actually turns Wi-Fi or Bluetooth “off.”

不過藍芽的洞真的不少,儘量避免吧... +_+

Flat UI 反而造成使用者困擾

在「Flat UI Elements Attract Less Attention and Cause Uncertainty」這邊透過追蹤眼球的技術,發表了研究結果:

Summary: Flat interfaces often use weak signifiers. In an eyetracking experiment comparing different kinds of clickability clues, UIs with weak signifiers required more user effort than strong ones.

其中最明顯的一個例子就是大家被訓練「有底線的文字應該可以按」,這也是最能馬上被想到的問題... 不過這算是 Flat UI 的問題嗎?

The popularity of flat design in digital interfaces has coincided with a scarcity of signifiers. Many modern UIs have ripped out the perceptible cues that users rely on to understand what is clickable.

Jenkins 的 Blue Ocean 計畫,改善使用者操作的友善度...

JenkinsBlue Ocean 計畫打算改善讓人頭痛很久的操作體驗了:

Blue Ocean is a new project that rethinks the user experience of Jenkins.

Jenkins 讓人頭痛有兩個面向,一個是界面很難讀,另外一個是操作流程很沒有規則,所謂「熟悉 Jenkins」其中一個很艱難的任務就是要背下一堆功能「蔵在哪邊」。而這次 Blue Ocean 想改善的事情看起來主力放在界面,對於流程修的比較少... 即使如此,這還是可以讓使用的人減少一些痛苦就是了...


在專案頁面的後面有提到 Blue Ocean 用的技術:

Blue Ocean is built as a collection of Jenkins plugins itself. There is one key difference, however. It provides both its own endpoint for http requests and delivers up html/javascript via a different path, without the existing Jenkins UI markup/scripts. React.js and ES6 are used to deliver the javascript components of Blue Ocean. Inspired by this excellent open source project (react-plugins) an <ExtensionPoint>pattern was established, that allows extensions to come from any Jenkins plugin (only with Javascript) and should they fail to load, have failures isolated.

又是個不需要用 SPA 呈現的東西跑去用 React 了...