The Best Interface Is No Interface: The simple path to brilliant technology

The Best Interface Is No Interface: The simple path to brilliant technology

by Golden Krishna


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Our love affair with the digital interface is out of control. We’ve embraced it in the boardroom, the bedroom, and the bathroom.

Screens have taken over our lives. Most people spend over eight hours a day staring at a screen, and some “technological innovators” are hoping to grab even more of your eyeball time. You have screens in your pocket, in your car, on your appliances, and maybe even on your face. Average smartphone users check their phones 150 times a day, responding to the addictive buzz of Facebook or emails or Twitter.

Are you sick? There’s an app for that! Need to pray? There’s an app for that! Dead? Well, there’s an app for that, too! And most apps are intentionally addictive distractions that end up taking our attention away from things like family, friends, sleep, and oncoming traffic.

There’s a better way.

In this book, innovator Golden Krishna challenges our world of nagging, screen-based bondage, and shows how we can build a technologically advanced world without digital interfaces.

In his insightful, raw, and often hilarious criticism, Golden reveals fascinating ways to think beyond screens using three principles that lead to more meaningful innovation. Whether you’re working in technology, or just wary of a gadget-filled future, you’ll be enlighted and entertained while discovering that the best interface is no interface.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780133890334
Publisher: New Riders
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Series: Voices That Matter Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

For years, designer Golden Krishna has been behind the scenes, solving technology problems for companies from startups to Fortune 50. He’s currently a Senior UX Designer at Zappos Labs, where he works in a small group dedicated to creating new, delightful experiences for Zappos. Previously, he worked at a Samsung innovation lab, designing and building the near future of consumer electronics. He began his career working at the world-renowned design consultancy Cooper in San Francisco.

Table of Contents


Why do phones ring?


01. Introduction - Why did you buy this book?

02. Screen-based thinking - Let’s make an app!


03. Slap an interface on it! - Slimmer TVs! Faster computers! And an overlooked epidemic of awful.

04. UX ≠ UI - I make interfaces because that's my job, bro

05. Addiction UX - Click here to cut down your belly fat by using this one weird tip

06. Distraction - Will you marry me? Sorry, I was sending Alice a text, what'd you say?

07. Screen Insomnia - I love staring into a light bulb! Me too!

08. The Screenless Office - The best interface is no interface


09. Backpocket apps - This app goes perfectly with my skinny jeans

10. Lazy rectangles - That’s a great wireframe. We nailed it. We’re going to make a billion dollars.


11. The World's First 3D Chapter - Your password must be at least 18,770 characters and cannot repeat any of your previous 30,689 passwords

12. Machine Input - I saved your life, and I didn't even need a password

13. Analog and Digital Chores - I know, I suck at life.


14. Computing for One - You’re spécial

15. Proactive Computing - From 'Hello, Robot' to 'Thank you, Robot'


16. Change - You hate this book? Thank you.

17. Privacy - The machine will “learn” about me? No thanks.

18. Automatic - Automatic solutions are terrible. Look at Clippy!

19. Failure - What happens when it all falls apart?

20. Exceptions - Less is sometimes more


21. The Future - Wow, this is boring

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