Tag Archives: HCI

Review – Don’t Make Me Think (Krug)

Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, by Steve Krug. New Riders Press, 2005. This thin book provides guidance on the basics of web usability. It focuses on the importance of doing things in a way … Continue reading

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Interface Seams: Activity Theory

Activity Theory is a framework that provides some insight into issues around how people use tools. This is a small summary of some of its ideas. Continue reading

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Review – Things that Make Us Smart

Things that Make Us Smart, Donald A. Norman, Perseus Books, 1993. Similar in tone and scope to his other books (that’s an endorsement:), Things that Make Us Smart explores ways in which we use artifacts to improve our cognitive abilities. … Continue reading

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Review – Paper Prototyping

Paper Prototyping, by Carolyn Snyder. Morgan Kaufmann, 2003. The “Scandinavian design” tradition in human-computer interaction says that people should be involved in creating the systems they will have to use. Electronic tools for rapid screen design may provide a high-fidelity … Continue reading

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Interface Seams: Ubiquity

Ubiquitous computing may be worth pursuing. Continue reading

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Interface Seams: Leaving the Desktop Behind

GUIs aren’t the end. Continue reading

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Interface Seams: Patterns for Interactive Applications

These patterns describe some of the forces and decisions to be made while implementing an interactive application. [This is a submission to PLoP'98.] Continue reading

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Interface Seams: Ad-Hoc vs. Planned Collaboration

Groupware is often examined on the dimensions of time and place; ad-hoc vs. planned collaboration introduces a new dimension. Continue reading

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Interface Seams: Sound and Computers

There are several approaches to computers and sound. Continue reading

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Interface Seams: Rethinking the Spreadsheet

Spreadsheets have traditionally been based on a rectangular grid. We’ll look into simplifying formulas, and then at data structures other than a matrix. Spreadsheets often have columns specified by alphabetic labels, and numbered rows. A specific cell can be identified … Continue reading

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Interface Seams: Paper and Computers

Paper is the most important non-electronic artifact associated with computers. Continue reading

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Interface Seams: HCI Resources

Resources for people interested in human-computer interaction (HCI). Continue reading

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Interface Seams: Notes on Guindon – "Designing the Design Process"

Design is opportunistic, not strictly top-down or bottom-up. Continue reading

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Interface Seams: Logarithmicons

Icons to represent sets with highly variable sizes can come from an icon family based on powers. Continue reading

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Interface Seams: Multimodal Icons

Multimodal icons reflect the attributes of objects. Continue reading

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