I am a UI programmer. I work on the BrowserUI team. Of course, very little of my time is spent actually making UI--the buttons and toolbars and such. Adding a button takes a few minutes out of my week. Writing the code to implement whatever the button does takes most of my time. When I do write new UI, though, such as dialogs, etc, you can be sure I have a copy of Microsoft Windows User Experience open to page 451. In the class I have been taking at the UW I have had to install a lot of free applications to do various mathy things, and the horridness of some of the UI has really made me sad. I am not going to name names; all I ask is, please, put some thought into your UI design!
The following is a list of things I have seen these last few months that really bothered me:
All of this and more can be found in the book; ranting about bad UI is not novel. Even if you do not program for Windows, much of the content in the book is useful in making your app usable and making it look professional.
I am sure we can find plenty of Microsoft UI that violates guidelines in the book, with and without excuses for doing so. I am embarrassed to admit I checked in a truly terrible dialog as an intern, but I promise I have learned from the mistakes of my youth. I have seen the light; I have become a member of the Pixels-Matter school.
I just needed to get that off my chest. Thank you for indulging me.