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Improving Your Tool UX Design by Removing the Faults of 'Sensible' Defaults

Robin-Yann Storm  (Tool UX & Workflow Designer, Independent)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design, Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: Advanced

When we make game development tools it is very easy to pick what we think is a 'sensible default', and have all users deal with it. We think those defaults makes sense, and work for most users. However, even a cursory look at DCCs such as Unity, Unreal, 3dsMax, Maya, and Blender shows us that this is wrong. Unity, Max, and Maya have the hierarchy on the left side of the screen, while Unreal and Blender have the hierarchy on the right side of the screen. The same differences can be found between all of them when it comes to toolbars, the 3D view, the property panel, and the asset browser. There is no 'sensible default' for any of those panels in the UI, yet we often hear they 'should' be on the left or 'should' be on the right.

What do we have to unlearn, to improve the UX of our tools?


Attendees will learn what to look out for when designing the user interfaces of game development tools, for when they want to improve the user experiences of their users and the content that they produce.

Intended Audience

Tool programmers, user experience designers, producers, and especially the artists, designers, and other users of all the DCCs we use throughout our careers in the game development industry.

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