[LAU] ZynAddSubFX Usability Survey

Thorsten Wilms self at thorstenwilms.com
Thu Apr 28 19:06:10 UTC 2016

On 28.04.2016 15:11, Mark McCurry wrote:
> As a next major step for the project is a full rewrite of the UI, replacing
> the current junk-drawer of knobs with a much easier to navigate and explore
> interface based off of a mockup by Budislav Stepanov [1][2].

Those mockups seem to speak of a fear of colors ... or a lame attempt at 
looking futuristic. I once had a classmate with a tendency to create 
blue layouts of blue elements on blue. Came out he had red-green 
deficient vision.

Color can and should be used as additional means of indicating state 
and/or structure (grouping).

The flatty flatness makes one wonder if a widget is a command button or 
toggle or a tab, what is selected vs activated. Once everyone is through 
with the fads of first taking skeuomorphism to the extreme, then 
minimalism (actually call that deficitism), could we perhaps enjoy a 
sane middle-ground?

I do not see anything that would guide a user regarding the overall 
structure of Zyn, it's all trees, no forest. From what I recall from my 
brief look at that beast years ago, that's admittedly a tough job.

Thorsten Wilms

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