> Funny how it can take 5 years to realise something like this

Nielsen/Norman was critical towards it before (e.g. https://www.nngroup.com/articles/flat-design/?lm=flat-design-best-practices&pt=article) and I assume that one could find earlier articles on the problems of it. Flat design often clashes with the well established idea of signifiers/affordances.

Some of it's problems I see in OOUI, too  (it is not unsolvable, just not as robust as the "old style" 2.5D buttons)


2017-09-06 6:42 GMT+00:00 Federico Leva (Nemo) <nemowiki@gmail.com>:
Funny how it can take 5 years to realise something like this; maybe "revenue" is the key. Microsoft didn't earn significant revenue from user clicks on its interface in 2012 and was left clueless?

Yet it shouldn't be too hard to notice a 20 % slowdown with small usability tests/focus groups. It could be interesting to test a couple existing skins and a couple big interface changes in the works (such as Special:RecentChanges and Special:Search) to see if there is any such big gap anywhere.

Would eye tracking be needed too?
I've not read much on the topic, just this and little else:
The only mention I see on the wiki is from Dario in 2012:

I don't remember if Abigail Ripstra was doing something of this kind.


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