At the beginning of the month, Redgate sponsored Talk UX. Revathi and I went to Manchester to attend it, and we’ve been talking about it to whomever wanted to hear. These are some of the questions we have been asked, here is what you’d have heard us say if you were there too… How was… Read more »
I’ve been using Chrome for a while and despite its many bugs (on the Mac) it’s still managed to become my browser of choice. Reason? It’s a great user experience all round: impressively fast and well-designed from the big picture down to the nitty gritties.
One I particularly like is the way the loading icon (the one that tells you whether a browser is doing something or not) in Chrome works. Most browsers just have an activity indicator that spins and spins telling you that the browser is doing something but not really telling you much else. The screenshot below shows the Safari version:
Chrome engineers added a nice touch. When Chrome is actively downloading a web page (or other data) for you the spinning thingy spins clockwise and at a much faster speed (top image). On the other hand when Chrome is waiting for a response from the server it indicates this by having the activity indicator spinning in the opposite direction and rather slower.
Chrome is a gold mine of new UX and UI experiments some of which are quite different from the way we’ve gotten used to browsers behaving. This little one is one of my favourites because once you get used to it adds a new dimension of information without actually adding any new component that takes up screen real estate.
If you’ haven’t already, give Chrome a spin and see what you make of it for yourself.
Earlier this year, I was asked by Georgie Bottomley if Redgate would be willing to sponsor Talk UX, a day-long UX conference in Manchester taking place this week. I first met Georgie in May, after we both gave a lightning talk at UX London. She was full of ideas and her energy was contagious. Given how… Read more »