We are trying to improve Sketchup’s user interface here.
My example is hardly the most pressing Sketchup user interface improvement. This example simply wants to illustrate a general point: when multiplied by a sizeable user base, even apparently small design choices may still have material consequences. This point remains generally true and specifically relevant.
Sketchup has a great conceptual premise. Its execution, however, ought to be improved to align more closely to users’ justified expectations.
There are roughly two philosophies for creating a software user experience:
- Everything matters
- Ed Wood-style
I have yet to encounter a software that cares too much about the quality of the user experience.