The Best Interface is No Interface

Let's end our slavery to screens.

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If Silicon Valley doesn't read this book, we're all ****ed.

_Doug LeMoine:: Managing Director, Cooper

This essential book will hopefully mark the moment in history when we say ‘ENOUGH!’ to screen saturation and usher in a more meaningful co-habitation with technology.

_Kevin Farnham:: Founder of Method and Co-Author of Experience Design: A Framework for Integrating Brand, Experience, and Value

In this amusing, smart, and brave case against our screen-based world, Golden Krishna reinforces his position as one of the world’s foremost thinkers of user experience design.

_Martin Thornkvist:: Conference Director, The Conference by Media Evolution

An irreverent crazy tirade. So why should you read this book? Because irreverence is precisely what is needed today to get us out of the rut of bad, unintelligible, frustrating design. Because the book is funny, caustic, and insightful. So next time you are feeling low, just open the book to some random page and read for a few minutes. You will start smiling, laughing, and learning. A great cure for all that ails you. Why read this book? Well, because I told you to.

_Don Norman:: Design Lab, University of California, San Diego and author of The Design of Everyday Things, Revised and Expanded


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 enlightened and entertained while discovering that the best interface is no interface.


Table of Contents


  1. Ellis Hamburger

    Why Do Phones Ring?


  1. Introduction

    Why did you buy this book?

  2. Screen-based Thinking

    Let’s make an app!

The Problem

  1. Slap an Interface on It!

    Slimmer TVs! Faster computers! And an overlooked epidemic of awful.

  2. UX ≠ UI

    I make interfaces because that’s my job, bro

  3. Addiction UX

    Click here to cut down your belly fat by using this one weird tip

  4. Distraction

    “Will you marry me?” “Sorry, I was sending Alice a text. What’d you say?”

  5. Screen Insomnia

    I love staring into a lightbulb! Me too!

  6. The Screenless Office

    The best interface is no interface

Principle 1: Embrace Typical Processes Instead of Screens

  1. Back Pocket Apps

    This app goes perfectly with my skinny jeans

  2. Lazy Rectangles

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

Principle 2: Leverage Computers Instead of Serving Them

  1. Computer Tantrums

    Your password must be at least 18,770 characters and cannot repeat any of your previous 30,689 passwords

  2. Machine Input

    I saved your life, and I didn’t even need a password

  3. Analog and Digital Chores

    I know, I suck at life.

Principle 3: Adapt to Individuals

  1. Computing for One

    You’re spécial

  2. Proactive Computing

    In the future, I’ll talk to my computer!

The Challenges

  1. Change

    You hate this book? Thank you.

  2. Privacy

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

  3. Automatic

    Automatic solutions are terrible. Look at Clippy!

  4. Failure

    What happens when it all falls apart?

  5. Exceptions

    Less is sometimes more

  6. The Future

    Wow, this is boring