Just one of the things that Nintendo Switch owners like about the system is the console’s unique user interface. While some may think it’s slightly barebones with its lack of media features, it’s hard not to argue that its blazingly fast and pleasant on the eye. Charlie Deets, who is the product designer at WhatsApp, has written a small column about the Nintendo Switch user interface and as a designer of an immensely popular product its well worth a read.
“I wish I could rip into this system more and let you know how they could have done things better, but Nintendo really nailed so much of this interface out the gate. My main concern is what feature creep will do to this experience over time. I’ve seen the PS4 start as a fairly clean interface and become noisy and less reliable for the sake of added engagement. I hope Nintendo chooses not to go that route. Engagement doesn’t make a lot of sense in a system level games UI, since the primary purpose of the interface is navigation and control.
I’m shocked this is the same company that made the Wii U’s interface which I remember as slow, unintuitive and far less refined. They seem to have learned from experience and responded with an interface that directly combats the most obvious issues of that design and implementation.
I’m excited about the future of this system and what further advancements will be made with the unique properties of the hardware. Nintendo has surprised me a lot with their innovation and restraint. I’m sure they are just getting started.”
Thanks Cory for the tip!
Edit: Charlie Deets has contacted me to say that he had an in-depth discussion about the Nintendo Switch U.I with Gabriel Valdivia who is a VR designer. You can listen to that conversation here.