Wednesday, May 26, 2010

UX on 16:9 Aspect Ratios

Forecast of 16:9 Panel Penetration in the Notebook PC (Left) and LCD Monitor Markets (Right)

The Ugly Truth
OK, so computer makers are going to standardize on monitor aspect ratios from the original 4:3 and 16:10 widescreen to HD widescreen at 16:9. What’s the problem?

The problem is that we are going to LOSE valuable real estate to work with. Instead of 16:10 now we have 16:9 – lots of horizontal space but much less vertical space. On my last trip to Best Buy ALL of the laptops offered for sale were a 16:9 aspect ratio and many of them were running at 1366 x 768 on a 15.6” display. Thus we just lost 132 pixels from the older 16:10 models running at 1440 x 900.

whats the issue? stop bitching and start designing.

I think its an awesome opportunity to use side-scroll, sidebar panels, nav layers, zoom and pan, etc...

its not an opportunity to keep making me scroll down zoomed in!

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