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June 09, 2014, 03:14:56 PM
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Bitcoin needs a lot more development in user-friendliness.  Bitcoin apps need color, sound, pattern, and vibration cues that help prevent human error. I really like Bit Message with its colored patterns to identify users. I would like to see the research that went into that.

Bitcoin wallet apps need beeps, buzzers, and pings. They need color schemes to differentiate receive and send addresses. Optional talking cues would be great. So many people are so busy multitasking, they don't pay close attention to their money. How many times have you forgotten to get your change back from a clerk? With Bitcoin it's easy to send a wrong amount, copy/paste to a wrong address, or even carelessly pay twice. Web sites are notorious for that.

What I suggest is a Bitcoin skin conformity convention that keys in these multi-media cues in order to mitigate human error. When people are responsible for their own online transactions and have no safety-net, they need all the technological assistance they can get.

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June 09, 2014, 03:40:41 PM
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What application exactly would you like skinned? Web wallets are nicer in terms of usability. BitcoinQT definitely needs a better UI/UX component. Mobile apps are very simple as well.

Of course, there is a strong upgoing trend in web design and experience - flat colors, more CSS3 animations & effects, but it is all within the HTML5/CSS3 frames.

Basically, we need a good cross-platform client with all the HTML5 features (webkit). But what about the security component in that case?
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June 09, 2014, 04:02:57 PM
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I'm talking more about conventions. I'm not a programmer, but as an example if you are receiving money you might hear a "cha-ching" or if you are sending money you might hear the sound of coins dropping into a vending machine. Maybe use black and red for debit and credit.  When integrating or multitasking with other apps such as calculators, good clipboard management is important. Alert if buffered data has been used before or is old. I welcome more suggestions and will post them here if I come up with more.

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