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

David Feldman mailing-lists at interfacethis.com
Thu May 5 23:31:15 CEST 2005

Cool. What's the best way to get a feel for the design as it now stands?


On May 5, 2005, at 4:53 PM, Erik Harrison wrote:

> 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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