Addicting interactions #3

March 14th, 2009, Un comentario

The Back Button

Safari's back button

With the birth of web browsers, the Back Button became a standard for navegational undo. Soon, Flash based sites started frustrating users us all by breaking the back button. We saw it happen again some years later, as rich internet applications flourished without keeping this in mind. The latter are programs that don’t rely on the page browsing metaphore, but try to emulate Desktop applications, where different steps of interaction usually happen on the same canvas.

But while the breaking of the back button on websites is often fixed successfully, offline designers are forgetting that we are now hooked to having a back button on every place CTRL+Z does not reach: navigational interactions need an undo too!

Modern mobile interfaces, born after the web, thus with this navigational undo in mind, usually deliver a smooth user experience on those “Ouch, this is not where I wanted to be” times:

iPhone's back(ish) button

Although this is not strictly a back and forward thing, Apple did a brilliant job making the back button almost mandatory on every step of every iPhone app. Yet, I keep missing the back button on navigational programs such as iPhoto. Back button, I love you.

16th March update:
Spotify represents the perfect example of what I mean:

Spotify's navegational undo

Facebook: two weeks notice

March 14th, 2009, Sin comentarios

I wrote this article on the Facebook redesign for Spanish news site Facebook, rediseño con preaviso.

Screenshot of article on Facebook, rediseño con preaviso

As seasoned readers of this blog might have noticed, it is also my little tribute to translations of foreign movie titles in Spain.

Tick Tack Ticket, year 2009

March 7th, 2009, 3 comentarios

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We did it again

March 6th, 2009, 2 comentarios

Last week Sergio and I released the second version of, our very private web app for football betting that started just before the last Euro.

This time it has a Champions League flavour, thus the name: Champions Poorra. The release on the last minute rule and please do not test at all thing has not changed though.

Champions Poorra logo

As you can (hardly) see below, it also has a nice and long horizontal scrolling, which I first pictured myself when thinking of how the home/away playoffs would change the application’s layout and then couldn’t help but build. Because the thing is private, the Usability Police cannot chase me and I get away with murder. I just love it, I must admit.

Champions Poorra screenshot

Sorry to everyone who reads this and cannot participate… I will keep you posted on who gets the 1000 euros. And so will our twitter account.

Rumors are we might be launching a F1 version soon… who knows.

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