The most important metric, is does the GUI impede, or support the persons workflow.
Measing distance travelled and mouse clicks seems like a Desktop Taylorism. Time and motion in GNOME. I don't think the GUI is hugely important anyway, as long as it accomodates the user. To much importance is placed on rejigging it IMO. On 10/19/2011 04:26 PM, Alexander wrote: > I actually think Unity is great and every single Ubuntu novice I have shown > it to picks it up in no time. > I don't know about the metrics you propose, I think user experience takes in > more variables than those. I'm a power user by the way and usually make use > of 9 view ports (compiz desktops) . I think Unity comes into its own when > you learn the keyboard shortcuts. But newbies who stick to the mouse find it > very easy. > > Canonical do a lot of user testing but it's obvious that they're trying to > create a user interface that can work for everyone, everywhere, on all > devices. That's a mammoth ask and I reckon they're doing something that not > even Apple can do elegantly. > On Oct 19, 2011 4:11 PM, "Andrew Thornton" <secretel...@gmail.com> wrote: > >> >> OK. If I am a software developer then Elvis still lives. >> So maybe this is all reinventing the wheel. I don't know. >> >> Anyway. I find Unity in ubuntu very counter-intuitive. It >> feels weird. >> >> Yet it is meant to be the latest thing/fad/trend to make >> me happy. No evidence. No measurements. No tests. I am just meant to be a >> "happy" Unity user. So, what about this: >> >> 1. the distance the mouse travels across the screen to >> use a GUI >> 2. the number of mouseclicks. >> 3. the clock time taken to do task x. >> >> 1 + 2 + 3 = user figure for a GUI. The lower the score the >> better. >> >> All you guys here who make software. Do you do any >> measurements like this to arrive at the usability of software such as a GUI >> or anything else? Or is it just Macbeth Witches style chuck in eyes of newt, >> frog legs, pigs' blood and basil into the cauldron and hope for the best? >> >> Andrew >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Free-software-melb mailing list >> Freeemail@example.com >> http://lists.softwarefreedom.com.au/mailman/listinfo/free-software-melb >> >> > > > > _______________________________________________ > Free-software-melb mailing list > Freefirstname.lastname@example.org > http://lists.softwarefreedom.com.au/mailman/listinfo/free-software-melb _______________________________________________ Free-software-melb mailing list Freeemail@example.com http://lists.softwarefreedom.com.au/mailman/listinfo/free-software-melb