Friday, May 26, 2006

Usability Wisdom from Slashdot

Webword has a nice summary on the slashdot.org discussion on software usability....

“Software usability is one of the hardest things to get right. Writing good, usable software is the holy grail of software development, yet few developers give it more than an afterthought. As a professional developer, I delight in writing software for other developers but shy away from writing an interface that the end users will see. What resources/books are recommended for improving your Human Computer Interaction (HCI) / software usability skills?”

If you want the perspective of the Slashdot community (i.e., hardcore geeks) on the topic of usability, this is a must read.

Check out the responses…

“Don’t Make Me Think and The Design of Everyday Things … two of my very favorite books.”

“…don’t confuse usability with user responsibility.”

“Photoshop and Illustrator are classic examples of what I consider bad user interfaces, because things that should be simple and obvious, aren’t.”

“In my mind, the entire point of a GUI is that you shouldn’t have to RTFM to do the basic functions of the application.”

“…it must be known that those that create the software should NOT be responsible for designing the interface."   continued ...   (Via Webword)

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