Buttons, scrollbars, drop-down menus, borders, windows, rollers, cursors, and all sorts of other widgets are the playthings of user interface designers. Buttons are for pushing, rollers are for rolling, and knobs are for turning. User experience deals with how these actions feel, but perhaps more importantly it deals with a user’s overall experience on web or mobile. This includes understanding text, navigating with ease, smooth transitions, and appropriate emotional response.
Graphic designers have been especially eager to show off all sorts of fun and interesting user interface and navigational tools. Websites like UI Parade, Behance, and Dribble have all presented really great user interface controls, but UXArchive.com has taken the initiative to highlight great user experience on the macro level.
UXArchive shows a cycle of events through individual high-definition screen shots of each process performed on a particular application for iPhone. The process chain helps to clarify the architecture of the applications as well as the general feel of the application. These chains are split in to four different sections: explore, onboard, search, and share.
UXArchive should be commended for being easy to use and providing a great user experience in and of itself. Websites built for UX professionals draw in users who expect a great user experience, and UXArchive delivers. The images that show the process chains for each application are visually appealing, and the navigation sparks curiosity. The site is easy to use and well maintained.
There are no glaring problems on the UXArchive site, but there is one potential trouble spot. At present there are only a handful of applications listed. Clearly the archive will continue to grow, but the direction of growth is unclear. If everyday users are allowed up upload their own apps, the beauty of the site could be compromised. If the site’s managers allow only certain applications to be uploaded, then the site will maintain its high level of quality but might not have the quantity to keep a high profile among user experience professionals. It is yet to be seen how this issue will be resolved.
However it is resolved, I’m sure that UXArchive is headed in the right direction.