All posts from
May 2007

A Great Leap Forward: The Birth of the Usability Profession (1988-1993)

“My concern is that by embracing new ideas, we will limit our view of our early days as being restricted in scope and naïve in conception. Before that happens, or perhaps, to prevent it, I would like to describe my personal version of our beginnings as a profession and argue that we should be celebrating them, not disparaging them even as we see their limits.” (Joe Dumas – UPA Journal of Usability Studies)

Sharing Ownership of UX

“The three key members of a multidisciplinary product team—the product manager, UX architect, and system architect—work together collaboratively to define a product’s vision, functionality, and form. Each key member of the product team has primary responsibility and decision-making authority for a specific aspect of the product vision.” (Pabini Gabriel-PetitUXmatters)

Catalyze: Creative People Designing Extraordinary Software (beta)

“Catalyze is a member-driven community for all professionals involved in Application Definition and Design. If you are a business analyst, UI designer, information architect, usability professional, interaction designer, product manager, project manager or anyone else involved in the definition process of software applications, this community is for you and will be worth your time.” (About Catalyze) – courtesy of bertmulder

IxDA Community Site (beta)

“With great excitement, the IxDA Board of Directors announces the availability of the beta version of a new IxDA community experience. Through the efforts of IxDA volunteers, and spearheaded by community member Jeff Howard, we are pleased to launch the beta version. We believe this effort is the start of creating a new kind of professional organization. The new site will allow a significantly better experience for all of us in the community, including tagging of content, customized RSS feeds, browsing by topics and the ability to share information about you with the community.” (Interaction Design Association) – courtesy of joannesvandermeulen

Dynamic Help in Web Forms

“Many Web application designers strive to reduce the amount of instructional text that appears in the user interfaces they create. A likely part of their motivation is the perception that, if explaining how to use something requires too much instruction, it probably isn’t that easy to use and, therefore, has room for improvement in its design. (…)” (Luke WroblewskiUXmatters)

An interview with Mike Kuniavsky

“Emotional design is good design. That’s what I learned at the Milan Furniture Fair. It had plenty of bad design, but there are some beautiful, beautiful things there. The reason they are well designed is not because there’s a lot of splash. It’s because they’ve been thought through and they connect with us on an emotional level in addition to a functional level.” (Tamara Adlin – UX Pioneers) – courtesy of markvanderbeeken

IA One Sheeters

“One-Sheeters are quick and easy marketing tools for information architects. They’re like mini brochures to advertise IA deliverables and promote the IA practice in your company. One-Sheeters help people envision what deliverables you produce and where they fit into a project. They’re quick to produce and easy for anyone to understand.” – courtesy of elearningpost