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Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day

Notable Entries
Something political
Gollum and Guns
Chain Saw
The Creeper Escapes
The Mad Cow
Thoughts in the Dark
More politics (Zod!)
Not a cloud
Groundhog Hog
Strangulation hazard
Ultimate Elephant
Pod me!
Robot Ninja Pirate
Not my fault
Ken's Robot
Pain is my Guide
Physical Therapy
Pod du Jour
A Week in Ireland
Rough to Finished
A Week in Norway
Bass Player
A User Interface User Experience
  [The many faces and moods of modern computer interaction.]

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 computer. 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 facial expressions.

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.

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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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