[Thunar-dev] hello, user interface design, and spatial thoughts

Erik Harrison erikharrison at gmail.com
Thu May 5 22:53:28 CEST 2005

Hey Dave.

We can always use constructive critique. The major user interface
design phase seems pretty much complete, but that doesn't mean  you
can't weigh in.

Thunar development is going slowly at the moment, so plenty of time to
make your comments.

On 5/5/05, David Feldman <mailing-lists at interfacethis.com> wrote:
> First to introduce myself: My name is Dave. I'm a user interface
> designer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. I'm
> writing for a few reasons.
> I'm excited to see a new project underway to create a good file
> manager for Xfce. I've been really impressed with Xfce as an
> attractive, to-the-point, easy-to-use, and most importantly fast
> alternative to GNOME and KDE. I've been able to resurrect my
> girlfriend's old laptop with it in a way that KDE and GNOME don't
> permit. While I think xffm is intriguing, I don't really see it as a
> great complement to Xfce for non-technical users, and indeed I've
> used Nautilus (in Browser mode) as the file manager on the
> aforementioned laptop.
> Anyway, your Jobs page says you need user interface design help. I
> can't promise that I have a huge amount of time but I would like to
> help. I can provide usability critiques and evaluations, and do
> design and redesign mockups. If you're curious about my
> qualifications check out my web site at http://InterfaceThis.com.
> Lastly, I wanted to say something about the spatial/navigational
> question. Ever since I encountered the spatial metaphor and
> subsequent debate I've been worried because it seems like everyone is
> taking a whole lot of things for granted that I don't think are
> proven. As you point out on your page, many people think the spatial
> way is easier to use - yet I haven't really seen conclusive evidence
> of that, and I think there are some real usability drawbacks to it as
> well. I've been thinking about this for a few months now and have
> compiled my thoughts in an article on my Web site:
> http://interfacethis.com/pub/index.php?itemid=56
> I'd be curious what others think.
> Anyway, I look forward to hearing from you and hope I can become part
> of the community.
> Dave Feldman
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