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„Form Follows Function“ war gestern

meint zumindest die New York Times und beschreibt sehr schön, welche Herausforderungen für UI Designer daraus erwachsen.

Thanks to digital technology, designers can squeeze so many functions into such tiny containers that there is more computing power in a basic cellphone (not a fancy model, like a BlackBerry or iPhone, just a cheap one) than at NASA’s headquarters when it began in 1958. That is why the appearance of most digital products bears no relation to what they do. […]
The dislocation of form and function has set a new challenge for designers: how to help us to operate ever more complex digital products. In ye olden days when form did follow function, you could guess roughly how to use an object from its appearance.

→ nytimes.com – The Demise of ‚Form Follows Function‘

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