Friday, August 07, 2009

Realizations of Rounded Rectangles | UI and us:

If I’m an interaction or experience designer, the machine I am optimizing for is the human. I want a design that takes the least CPU cycles for the same output. And from my current perspective, rounded rectangles provide an example of optimizing a design to reduce human visual system’s CPU cost. There’s only so much visual attention to spend.

What is the visual cognitive cost of…

* …a garish color scheme VS a beautiful one?
* …instantaneous disconnected movement VS smoothly animated motion?
* …one font as compared to another, in a particular context?