3 thoughts to “Patterns of Design”

  1. Very nice, thanks for sharing Rob. Personally I find as a tester being able to identifying common web patterns is an important job for me, to be able to feedback usability issues with new design paradigms which don’t quite work. Being able to compare a new concept with a standard one allows me to look into the psychology behind why that specific concept worked and why this new one doesn’t. I guess you could call them design oracles, which I refer to when something tickles my senses in a way I don’t like.Obviously patterns change a lot more in the land of mobile, due to the differing technologies in place. Over time though hopefully these will settle down. The same design oracles can be used to judge something new. You just have to find and justify your oracles first, which is just a little more challenging for fast moving mobile tech.Thanks for sharing,Darren.

  2. Hi Darren,Nice points about seeing changes. That is why I like this site so much because I can see over time how designs are changing. It’s interesting as well to look at some of the patterns and designs and bring elements in to the design (testing) of our products.Thanks for taking the time to comment.Rob..

  3. Interesting stuff Rob,What would be really useful would be if that showed more than just Android and iOS screenshots/ patterns – so much of the design of a mobile app is defined by the manufacturer of the device/ OS itself and the APIs that the developer is able to use. Comparing for example the design patterns between Android, iOS and also WP7 and Symbian would really show how things have changed, or even to go back further in time for each OS to show how each manufacturer has improved the core OS elements. But it’s interesting non-the-less 🙂

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