Jakob Nielsen on User Interfaces in Film

Topic: Go Go Gadget 13 years, 5 months ago

Usability guru Jakob Nielsen has written a good (and entertaining) critique of UI in films: Usability in the Movies — Top 10 Bloopers

Ever wondered why heroes always come across “ACCESS GRANTED” messages when they manage to hack into a system, but you never get such a message when you enter the right password for internet banking? Me neither, but it’s so obvious!

My pet technology peeve with films and TV shows though (and admittedly not a UI issue at all), is of course unlimited enhancement of images regardless of resolution.

How many times does it take before someone realises that it’s not realistic to take some grainy CCTV footage, enhance it, print out a pristine 8" × 10" print and then see the face of the villain on it, perfectly sharp and identifiable? Audiences are increasingly using digital cameras and they know it doesn’t work that way — so stop doing it in films and on TV!

(BTW, Happy New Year everyone!)

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