All posts from
October 2002

Information Appliances Herald the New Usability

“This new and emerging area – appliance design – is focused on the development of devices which resemble home appliances in their narrow range of function and ease of use, but resemble computing devices in that they deal with information-based tasks.” (Peter ThomasUsability News)

Talking with Jesse James Garrett

“A journalist and an information architect face exactly the same problem: how to give shape to the pile of information in front of you in a way that will make it easy and natural for people to comprehend.” (Erin MaloneBoxes and Arrows)

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

“(…) guidelines for designing user agents that lower barriers to Web accessibility for people with disabilities (visual, hearing, physical, cognitive, and neurological).” (W3C)

XUL Defines New User Interface Options

XUL is a new Netscape/Mozilla XML dialect that describes the elements of a traditional user interface. Faster and cleaner than HTML, it might just be the quickest way yet to code a UI. (Nigel McFarlane – DevX)

Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions on Websites

“Even small holiday decorations can increase joy of use and make websites feel more current and more connected to users’ lives and physical environment. The key is to commemorate without detracting from your users’ main reasons for visiting the site.” (Jakob NielsenAlertbox)

Center for Digital Storytelling

“(..) a non-profit project development, training, and research organization dedicated to assisting people in using digital media to tell meaningful stories from their lives.” (About CDS)

The Myth of User-Centered Information Architecture

“One of the first things you learn about information architecture is that your Web site needs to be organized the way users think it should be organized. Unfortunately, this never happens. In fact, it should never happen.” (Jeff LashDigital Web Magazine)

Client Centered Design

“Although a Web site development team generally includes a usability expert (…) user centered design is the responsibility of every single member of the team, programmers no less than graphical designers, database wizards no less than usability experts.” (Peter-Paul KochDigital Web Magazine)