Friday, November 09, 2007

BayCHI Monthly Program

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

"GUI Bloopers Updated: New Common UI Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Jeff Johnson, UI Wizards

In March 2000, the first edition of GUI Bloopers was published, and Jeff Johnson summarized it at BayCHI. Now, seven years later, GUI Bloopers 2.0 has been published, and Jeff returns to describe what has changed in the bloopers UI designers make. (Hint: In many ways much has changed, but in many ways things haven't changed much.) The talk is illustrated with examples of bloopers in commercially available software products and web sites.

A Command Line For Your Grandmother: Getting Beyond the "Beginner/Expert" Distinction
Jono DiCarlo, Humanized

Part of the design philosophy at Humanized is that the typical division of users into beginners and experts is flawed, and in fact harmful to good interface design. Humanized has strived to create a new style of text-based interface which is both learnable and efficient, and the products resulting from this philosophy have been embraced by self-professed computer newbies as well as stereotypical "power users." This talk will describe the mathematical tools Humanized uses to analyze efficiency and learnability, the design decisions they make to enhance one without sacrificing the other, and how a text-based command system can exploit humans' innate linguistic intelligence without falling into the traps of an old-fashioned command-line interface."    (Continued via BayCHI)    [Usability Resources]

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