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Peopleware Papers: Notes on the Human Side of Software, The by Larry L. Constantine

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Chapter 42. Objects in Your Face

Graphical user interfaces have nothing to do with usability, they have to do with graphics. After all, what's the point of having a fancy GUI if you don't use it to draw pretty pictures? And, with display performance a vanishing issue, why not animate your pretty pictures? The aim is marketing and the target is reviewers and software purchasers who look, but not too carefully, then write a rave review or order a site license. Users who care more about getting real work done are another group altogether, which is one reason you hear a lot more about user interfaces than usability, more about “user-centric” design philosophy than about supporting work, more about listening to the voice of the customer than about ...

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