trying to figure out why something felt a little off. I just realized what it is: the direction of the knobs, subpages, and footswitches go downwards on screen, but on the Dwarf hardware these controls all go across, from left to right.
So I mocked up a screen in Google Sheets to see how it would feel if the controls went across, and the pages went downwards:
This feels more natural to me, since moving from knob 1 to knob 3 on the device moves from left to right, and the same with subpages and switches B and C. It helps to have the Dwarf in front of you when you look at this.
whenever i’m sketching out control layouts in a notebook, i also do it in a way that is more reminiscent of the hardware (even if not exactly the same). so, yes, your suggested layout does feel more natural and releases some of the “cognitive dissonance” between the device and the GUI.
short answer: yes; it is far more intuitive (to me at least) if it is horizontal and with a color label
Begint able to see the assignments would be a plus too.
Your suggestion looks like a very feasable next step indeed
Yes also support this. Agree it’s counterintuitive and validated that thought yesterday actually when I came back to a pedal I made up a while ago, which I’d designed sympathetically to the config screen in the browser, top to bottom, then came to use this again a few weeks later, directly on the device, and wished the options for the same device were configured ‘across the row’.