All posts from
July 2004

Brand Value and the User Experience

“When designing a good user experience, it’s important to remember these four principles (e.g. comfortable, intuitive, consistent, trustworthy), which should be a part of any usability or user experience specialist’s toolkit. While these are not the only components of a complete experience, these principles form a solid structure upon which to build a foundation of usability, information design and brand application.” (Kelly GotoDigital Web Magazine)

Too Much Information Is Not Enough

“With all the information available, the information design challenges are daunting. But banks are learning that it is better for their customers, and ultimately more profitable for the bank, to provide all the facts and to simply focus on how best to present these facts than it is to leave customers to speculate as to what is happening with their checking account.” (Chris Musto – CMP) – courtesy of karel van der waarde

Exploring the mnemonic user interface pdf logo

“The manner in which files are visually organized, all according to the popular desktop metaphor, concur with conditions applicable twenty years ago. Over time, these conditions, technical as well as user oriented ones, have radically changed. The desktop metaphor has not. This article is an offspring of personal reflections over too much time being spent traversing file structures and organizing windows in the user interfaces of today’s modern operating systems.” (Christian Lagerkvist) – courtesy of nooface

A subway map of cancer pathways

“Cancer arises from the stepwise accumulation of genetic changes that confer upon an incipient neoplastic cell the properties of unlimited, self-sufficient growth and resistance to normal homeostatic regulatory mechanisms. Advances in human genetics and molecular and cellular biology have identified a collection of cell phenotypes — the main destinations in the subway map — that are required for malignant transformation. Specific molecular pathways (subway lines) are responsible for programming these behaviours.” (William C. Hahn and Robert A. Weinberg – Nature)

Interview with Ben Shneiderman pdf logo

“Ben Shneiderman is a professor of computer science at the University of Maryland. He is founder of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and has written extensively on human-computer interaction and human factors in computing. Ben received the ACM CHI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. During the conference ‘Interaction Design and Children’ at the University of Maryland, Ivo Weevers and Wouter Sluis had the great opportunity to conduct an interview with Ben Shneiderman.” (

Debunking Web Accessibility Myths

“The Disability Discrimination Act says that websites must be made accessible to disabled people. The DRC’s recent report has suddenly thrown this into the spotlight of the online community and a lot of misinformation has been thrown around. In this article, I shall attempt to put a stop to this misinformation and tell you the truth behind Web accessibility.” (Usability News)

Small Screens, Big Lessons

“Small screens devices, with their constrained design environment and demanding target market, compel designers to strive for highly concise, effective user interfaces. This website is the companion to the ‘Small Screens, Big Lessons’ seminar series, which examines the various beneficial design elements that can be found in well-designed small screen interfaces. Many of the approaches and ideas found in the user interfaces for small screens can also serve as the basis for designing more effective desktop applications and websites.” (Paul D. Hibbitts)