Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The Wall of Ribbons

The evolution of the Office Ribbon UI. Paper and pen still plays a key role...

"There are many ways we collect feedback about the new UI. I've detailed some of the ongoing usability activities in a previous article.

We have so many outlets for feedback: customer visits, instrumentation data, the beta program, this blog, usability tests, early rollouts, etc., that just organizing the feedback systematically is a huge task.

With so many high-tech feedback mechanisms, it might be surprising that one of the ways we review designs is extremely old-fashioned: our so-called "Wall of Ribbons."

Simply put, all along the hallway outside of our offices on the fourth floor, we have posted 11x17 pieces of paper with every single Ribbon in every program: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. They are arranged in clusters of related functionality; all of the chart tabs are together for instance."   continued ...   (Via Jensen Harris)



Paper and pen markups of the Office Ribbon - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Paper and pen markups of the Office Ribbon

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