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Design Process

From taking an HCI course, reading articles, books, and SDK documentation on user interface design, I see that `good' user interface designs begin with research into users, their tasks, and the features to be included in the software; they end with an attempt to integrate scientifically-chosen user interface elements within an artfully crafted, commercially appealing package. An artist creates in the opposite direction--from the inside out. An artist creates a work, based on something inside--an intuition, a feeling, belief, purpose, an inside sense about the world around them. After the artist has `finished' a work, viewers and critics will evaluate it. Depending on the type of Art it is, it may or may not be revised and improved. A motion picture crew can shoot a scene, view and evaluate it, and redo the whole thing if needed. Other works of art can not be repeated--as Joni Mitchell the folk singer tells members of her audience who request she play certain songs: ``I wonder If anyone ever asked Van Gogh--`Hey, paint Starry Night again, man!''' By analyzing `successful' works of art, patterns or elements that predict repeatable success can be derived and applied to future work, without violating the artistic integrity of existing work.
The integration of software can not be achieved by committee, where everyone has to put in their own addition... It must be controlled by dictatorial artists with full say on the final cut.[11]
The connection between the artist's inside-out design process and the committee's outside-in process could be made by an individual assigned the task of `aesthetic integration' for a project. It need not be a `dictatorial artist,' but ideally a person who came up with the original inspiration for the project or someone who shares wholeheartedly in this motivation. Inside-out design may be used to augment existing software design practices. Contests are great tools to get artists working on something. Imagine the fun and ideas a software design team could generate by sponsoring a design contest for the visible elements of their interface.


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