1-click vs. 2-clicks design

I was always confused by two buttons in Google Doc editor: highlight text and highlight background. I constantly made the same mistake again and again clicking on the wrong button. I used this feature several years, but still did wrong clicks…

This year they changed icons and I finally learned them!

The second icon is very good, it clearly shows that background color is here. First icon was unchanged (almost) and it is still wrong. So I learned the second icon finally and rarely click to the wrong one.

However, recently Google changed that and combined both actions into a single button. Am I happy? Hell no! Initial design was good, just with wrong icons. It was a 1-click design. New design is a 2-click design and I don’t like this change.

Interestingly, I never hit wrong icon in MS Word. Maybe it they have good icons? Pages also has a clear solution:

While I think Google Doc Editor is the best online editor, it got slightly worse this week.

New UI (Disaster) in VersionOne

I respect VersionOne. It is the oldest Agile Project Management Software on the market. It nailed many things right, and in general the tool is very scalable and powerful. But they don’t get UX. We didn’t get it either several years ago, but we caught up and all the new stuff we do in TargetProcess is cool. We have tons of problems in the old functionality, but our new releases are so much better.

UX is something V1 still don’t get. Here is an example of new UI in V1 (Compare it with the same functionality that we re-designed in TargetProcess recently). I’d call it a UI disaster.

There are so many problems with this screen. Information is presented in 2 columns without clear logical separation. You’ll get hard time to remember what is where.

Description in the middle? Why the hell it is in the middle? If you have a page of text, all the details below will be completely hidden.

The page looks boring. It is not clear what’s important and what’s not. 

If you scroll down, the page looks like a mess. There are so many UI elements and they do everything to hide useful content from you.

You can’t edit anything inline. If you click Edit link you get… a new window! It is a huge mistake to open the third window. 

Three years ago I’d say it was OK to have this UI. Now I can’t tolerate it. It was a re-design! It was promoted and advertised as The Best UI in Agile! The Best UI in Agile? Are you kidding me? I’d better keep silent about that.