March 31, 2007

I LIKE BIG KNOBS: They’ve put my next column online early, and it’s about the superiority of traditional tactile user interfaces — like knobs and dials — over modern systems using nested menus and lots of tiny buttons. (Yes, I’ve ranted on this topic before, but the designers don’t seem to have caught on.)

This also produced an interesting discussion on Slashdot, with most discussants seeming to agree with my position. I especially liked this observation. It certainly rings true in my experience.

UPDATE: Gerard van der Leun thinks there’s something funny about the intro to this post, but I don’t see what’s funny about Mackie controllers.