Torrey Rice presents some of the relevant milestones in the evolution of the web from a UX perspective, starting with one of the first game consoles, the appearance of email and HTML to the latest developments in mobile computing, then trying to foresee the future of web development and what it will mean for developers and casual people.
Torrey Rice is co-founder and VP of User Experience at SitePen, overseeing the UI design. He previously worked as a designer for Dojo Toolkit and Renkoo, ActiveGrid and Loomia.
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Specifically, the idea of software doing what you 'obviously want' is a bit dangerous. We should make interfaces that do what you probably want by default. If you get too cocky, you can end up with unusable tools. One example of this is that I sometimes want to use my iPhone while laying on my side. But because I 'obviously' want the text to change orientation, I can't. I end up having to lay on my back and hold my arms in the air. Some apps have a way to disable that behavior but Safari doesn't seem to.
That is one of the reasons why I hate Apple and Sony.
Of-course Apple appeals to the non-techno-freak folks, because Apple has made all the decisions for them. Little do they realize that they get locked forever for life with Apple. Good marketing strategy nonetheless.