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Holistic UI is smarter UX

Mar 28, 2012, 12:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Shuttleworth)

"Since we know that notifications are queued, no notification is guaranteed to be displayed instantly, so a smarter notification experience would stay out of the way while you were using indicator menus, or get out of the way when you invoke them. The design story of focusayatana, where we balance the need for focus with the need for awareness, would suggest that we should suppress awareness-oriented things in favour of focus things.

So when you?re interacting with an indicator menu, we shouldn?t pop up the notification. Since the notification system, and the indicator menu system, are separate parts, the UNIX philosophy sells us short in designing a smart, smooth experience because it says they should each do their thing individually.

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