Ellen Ullman has a great opinion piece in today's NYT, The Boss in the Machine:
Distraction is built into the fabric of today's electronic world. Icons on the PC toolbar flash; ads on Web pages shimmer and dazzle; software companies send e-mail messages to say your software is out of date; word processors interrupt to correct your spelling; Web pages refuse to show themselves until you update a plug-in; lights on laptops blink at you every time the hard drive whirs into motion
We need to do more work designing calm user interfaces. Desktop appliations should take a hint from computer games, which in general have learned to replace the clutter of 15 toolbars and status displays with a more immersive, simple interface.
  2005-02-19 17:27 Z