World Usability Day

November the 12th has been designated World Usability Day for 2009. The principle advocated by the Usability Professionals Association is to dedicate one day of the year to promoting some aspect of usability, and to evangelize good usability to the broader engineering and design community. This year’s theme is ‘Designing for a Sustainable World’. Last […]

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Gallery of Icons

I came across this link recently:http://www.guidebookgallery.org/iconsIt has a set of icons from a number of different operating systems, and from different versions of those operating systems going back years. Many of these symbols will not apply in an embedded system, but others are more global – like ‘help’. It is a handy place to browse […]

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Form Over Function and Battling with DVD Menus

At the Embedded Systems Conference in Farnborough two weeks ago, I delivered my ‘Top Ten Usability Mistakes’ talk. The last item in the list of ten is the awful lack of respect shown for the user’s time in the experience of watching a DVD. They usually force you to watch some legal-eagle’s copyright notice, and […]

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Three Most Painful GUI Challenges

I have been thinking recently about which parts of GUI design are truly the most difficult. The programming side of it has gotten easier over the years. Faster processors mean that the programmer does not have to spend endless hours making his bitmap-rendering algorithm a little faster on the draw. Graphics libraries are widely ported, […]

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