I rely heavily on the internet and cloud applications in my day to day life. With the release of the Chrome Webstore I’ve been turning to the web for even more computer needs.
However, I’ve noticed one thing about many of these applications, and what makes an ok one versus a great one.
Its all in the back button. As in, great applications don’t rely on that crutch. Most websites don’t need great UI because if the visitor ever gets confused they can just ‘back out’ of the situation. Web applications don’t have the luxury, there need to be a way for me to navigate through your ‘site’ without every having to use typical browser functions.
I’ve started to realize though, that this shouldn’t be a requirement of just cloud apps. All websites should be held to this standard, and its nowhere near common enough. As an example, take your favorite webpage and turn it into an application via Chrome. Is it still as intuitive as before?
What do you think? Am I completely off my rocker and (as I expect) have no real design sense?