On 9/5/07, James Farrar <james.farrar(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Design, in the "ooh! it looks nice" sense,
is utterly irrelevant to usability.
This is the traditional geek-response, and for geeks this is generally
true, but for regular folks it's just silly. People like using a good
looking system! Even if a system is really usable, if it is also
really well-designed it is much more pleasant to use, and you can do
it for a longer time. These kinds of responses ("Design is so gay! I
like CLIs!") are really unhelpful and completely untrue.
But, fine! If the WMF wants headlines of WIKIPEDIA
SPENDS $500,000 ON
NEW DESIGN, it can have them.
Yes, that's exactly what I was saying! Precisely that! </sarcasm>
Honestly, it baffles me how people can think that the public face of
wikipedia is unimportant. We spend War and Peace sized novels
discussing the tiniest bit of minutiae in policy, but when it comes to
things normal people (non-wikipedians) *actually* care about, we're
flippant saying "Who cares?"
This stuff is important to wikipedia, whether or not it's important to
you! Sticking our heads in the sand does not help.