• Task-Accomodating Design

    From Mashable: “Good websites in 2011 will be all about task-accommodating design, just like apps.”

    God I hope not. I certainly don’t need nor do I want to feel like I’m accomplishing more tasks. Please world, do not assume that what makes mobile apps successful translates directly to other mediums.

    There are 4 thoughts on this idea

    1. Dan

      You know that this assumption will be applied though. For whatever reason, there is always such a strong desire to relegate design to something akin to a GI Joe action figure rubber stamp action. You just have to push the little button that strangely protrudes out of the back of the design/action figure and success is sure.

    2. Zamous

      Just out of curiosity from an aspiring ux designer, what should web designs focus on in 2011 instead of tasks? Goals? I feel like we will see a lot more app-like web experiences and not sure why. For example, I pretty much prefer using FaceBook app or Twitter app on my phone, even when sitting right in front of the computer. Maybe because the experience is simplified. Not sure really.

    3. David Cain

      To Zamous’ point:

      I wonder what it would take to make the computer and all of the stuff on my mobile “disappear” in the way that the telephone had disappeared into the background of business and personal life before cell phones appeared, before voice retrieval, before answering machines.

      Do you, or do I really want to spend more time using the computer? I’m a serious geek but at this time, I’d really like the computer and the mobile to dissolve into the background and spend more time living and being with my family than thinking about apps, sites, tasks.

      I’m guessing that requires that interactions become uniform, and simple, in the way that it was uniform and simple to use a dial or plain-vanilla touch-tone phone.

      Transparency isn’t always important to this – it wasn’t transparent to phone customers whether they were using an electromechanical exchange or a computer exchange: a dial-tone sounded the same.

      Would love to get beyond easy, would love to get beyond simple (Giles Colborne’s excellent book Simple and Usable notwithstanding), and would like the equipment to just disappear into the fabric of life.

    4. Rachel

      True, not everything needs to be task centric first, but it’s an useful starting point in design and a framework that gets buy in. I’m just as frustrated by another trend towards ‘cute-based’ design – like adding a liberal dose of icons and considering that ‘user friendly’. Iconography isn’t like a condiment – it should be a useful tool to help users.

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