All posts from
February 2003

Usability for the Web: Designing Web Sites That Work

“The book is a how-to guide. It describes methods and techniques for designing websites with the assumption that the principles of usability are pervasive.” (Eric Lease Morgan) – courtesy of cognitive architects

Broadband Meets Broadcast at AIGA Group

“The London AIGA Experience Design forum recently hosted Jennifer Whitney of the Boston-based television producer WGBH to hear about their interaction design challenges.” (Michael Andrews – Usability News)

The Future of Help? Nine Trends in Online User Assistance

“Whilst applications are becoming more complex, many people believe that online user assistance hasnít changed much since WinHelp was introduced with Windows 3. This is a misconception.” (William Birn and Ellis Pratt – Cherryleaf) – courtesy of ellis pratt

Interaction Design Is Like A Good Party

“Nathan Shedroff is an interaction design consultant, based in California. He is also an author of several books and an Explorer of Interaction Design Institute Ivrea.” (Holly Coleman & Mark Vanderbeeken – Interaction Design Institute Ivrea)

Collaboration and Information Design

“While the basics are very simple – create information that achieves maximum effectiveness by balancing the correct content with the best aesthetics – successfully accomplishing it is something else entirely.” (Dirk KnemeyerThread Inc.)

Employee Directory Search: Resolving Conflicting Usability Guidelines

“Guidelines conflict on whether to limit intranet search to a single search box or dedicate an additional box to employee directory searches. There’s theory to support both guidelines. What’s up?.” (Jakob NielsenAlertbox)

The London Underground Map: Imagining Modern Time and Space

“The London Underground map (…) appeared in 1933 originally designed in 1931 by Harry Beck.” (Janin Hadlaw – Design Issues 19.1) – courtesy of karel van der waarde

On the Trail of the Memex: Vannevar Bush, Weblogs and the Google Galaxy

“Hypertext as mediated by the Web browser has not proved to embody the qualities of the ideal post-structural text longed for by literary theorists such as George Landow; neither has the World Wide Web fulfilled the document-association function of the memex, the hypothetical research tool Vannevar Bush described in his 1945 essay, As We May Think.” (dichtung-digitalDennis G. Jerz) – courtesu of webword

Conversation with Marc Andreessen

“(…) the Netscape co-founder and current chairman of IT outsourcing-provider Opsware chats about where Internet navigation is headed, why he stopped using IE, and what he would do differently if he re-created the browser.” (Joanna Glasner – Wired) – courtesy of nooface

AIfIA to Operate IA Slash

“Michael Angeles, creator of the information architecture community news site IA Slash, is donating the site to the Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture.” (AIfIA)

Information Markup Language Specification

“The goal of IML is to enable handheld computers, (that have limitations in the display size and input capabilities), to access and render content from the Internet.” (Simputer Project) – courtesy of dmitri ragano

Malacca: Revolutionary Interface for Handhelds

“Malacca is the world’s most advanced interface for handhelds, and is based on IML, the Simputer’s XML-based lingua franca.” (PicoPeta Simputers) – courtesy of dmitri ragano

Designed for Life: Q&A with Donald Norman

“(…) the guru’s guru of a world in which people really care whether everyday gadgets work intuitive.” (Wendy M. Grossman – The New Scientist) – courtesy of lawrence lee