Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day
| A User Interface User Experience
March 12, 2019
I'm not fond of buzzwords. You know, instead of a "product" you're buying
a "solution" even if you don't have a true problem. Similarly, a user
interface is how you interact with or get input and output to and from a
A "user experience" is what you get while on the Harry Potter ride at
Universal Studios. There is no experience associated with doing something
that is rote and not memorable. Nor should it be. I don't wash my
hands for the experience. Most memorable "experiences" with computers are
bad ones...the specific thing I experience typically is frustration, anger,
disappointment, and a general increase in a pessimistic outlook on things.
I was testing out a UI recently, and I had a UX. I decided to doodle a
little bit to see if I could visually describe the experience with some
Also, I got a touch pen for my laptop recently,
which doesn't quite work with Photoshop in a Win10 VM. I'm still battling
with that (having experienced these experiences before). But it does work
under Linux. So I was testing two Photoshop alternatives, the Gimp and
Krita. This one was drawn with Krita. Doing the very basic stuff,
pressure-sensitive pencils, a layer that's partially translucent, and some
simple colors using a brush that was some sort of water-color/bristle
something. The program is much more usable than when I tried it a few
years ago. But I haven't heard about anything being as good as Illustrator,
including Inkscape. Also, since my laptop is not a tablet, the
screen doesn't fold flat. It's hard to draw on the screen and anchore
my hand somewhere. Anyway, just some tinkering around since it's been a
while since I've added any doodles or sketches here.
I tend to doodle. Over the years, I've accumulated lots of random
sketches of things, sometimes people, sometimes things, and sometimes
just abstract lines. The basic idea on these pages is for me to slowly
scan in highlights from my collection of random quick doodles. I also
am providing a place where I can explain what it is or what motivated
it or perhaps some reason why I'm not to blame. With the sketches of
people, their name may be hand-written, or there might be a talk title
provided, but I will tend to avoid providing full names. I don't mind
if people know who they are, I just don't want them coming up on search
engine hits, since that might be a bit rude.
Note that the images are PNGs with transparency. Mozilla and Firefox
properly render them. Safari too, I think. Internet Exporer doesn't.
I don't care.
If you want to see the image without the annoying blue-lined background
image, just click on the image.
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