Nov 25, 2008

Creating Career Paths for UX Professionals

View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: ux iasummit2008)

Handouts available at_ Creating Career Paths for UX Professionals

Nov 20, 2008

Impress Task Pain

Each and every time I open an Impress window I have to close the task pane. No, I don't want it. I don't need it. It just consumes screen space. If I need it I want to be in control and open it myself and close it afterwards when no longer needed.
RFE: The state of the task pane should become a persistent Impress setting.
ISSUE# 95600
C. /IBM says: Indeed, this has annoyed me for years already; in search of the hidden option to turn off this "feature", I came across your post. Thanks for raising this!

Nov 17, 2008

Xing's brokn buttons

Firefox 2 on Windows, default font size - ok:

Firefox 2 on Windows, increased font size -- the Find buttons show some strange artifacts:

Firefox 2 on Mac, default font size - ok:

Firefox 2 on Mac, increased font size -- the Find buttons show the same strange artifacts as on Windows:

Firefox 2 on Mac, incredible increased font size -- aha! This is how the UI is implemented. And I suppose Xing can also do better regarding accessibility:

Oct 2, 2008

MetaSquares is back

MetaSquares, the smart and addictive game by Scott Kim is back -- for iPhone, for MacOS X (soon), and a tryout verison for the web.

Jun 27, 2008

From Business to Buttons 2008 - Videos

videos and slides of the conference From Business To Buttons 2008 in Malmö/Sweden are now available. Don't miss Don Norman's presentation. But I am sure that there are more talks of interest.

more conference webcasts here...

Jun 9, 2008

Frieder Nake über Software-Ergonomie

Software-Ergonomie geht entweder im Design auf oder sie geht unter.

Frieder Nake in sw-ergo-news #358, 1998

Jun 3, 2008

On Being Human in a Digital Age

Reconstruction of Bill Buxton's closing keynote at CHI 2008:
and some notes and related links

May 7, 2008

9:1 ratio of bad ideas to good

I tell my clients that I try to maintain a 9:1 ratio of bad ideas to good. And, no, I can’t tell which are which. If only.
- David Weinberger, The Cluetrain Manifesto (Chapter 5)

Apr 27, 2008

Handbook of Usability Testing, 2nd ed.

From Dana:


I’m tingling, I’m so excited. I like to think that this is a special event in the user experience world. But every book author probably thinks that.

Handbook of Usability Testing, Second Edition by Jeff Rubin and Dana Chisnell ships on Monday, April 28.

This is not your mother’s HUT. Well, of course not. The first edition was published in 1994. Technology isn’t special anymore, it’s everywhere. (There were DOS examples, for heaven’s sake!) For HUT 2.0, Jeff and I

  • Simplified the organization of the main sections
  • Reordered many chapters to more closely reflect the flow of planning and conducting a test
  • Updated dozens and dozens of examples, samples, and stories
  • Expanded and updated discussions about recruiting participants, whether you need a lab, working with observers, analyzing testing data, and (we think) the best way to make recommendations
  • Added a chapter on variations on the basic method
  • Populated with
    • electronic versions of many of the deliverables used as examples used in the book
    • updated references
    • a (we hope) comprehensive list of other resources such as conferences and seminars, other books, blogs, and podcasts.

The drawings and diagrams are have been freshened and improved. The layout and format promise to be less nerdy and more accessible, too.

Oh, and we benefited from sage reviews from Janice James, founder of the Usability Professionals’ Association as our technical editor (brava!), and a foreword by Jared Spool. [...]

Hope your experience with HUT 2.0 is good.


P.S. Here’s the official cite:

Rubin and Chisnell, Handbook of Usability Testing, Second Edition: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests (Wiley, 0470185481, 450 pages, April 28, 2008).

Dana’s blog:

Apr 18, 2008

10/20/30 rule of powerpoint

It's that simple (at least to get venture capital for your startup)

  • 10 slides in less than
  • 20 minutes with at least
  • 30 point text



Feb 17, 2008

Wil Shipley on Mac Software & Hype

Right from Wil's blog: Call me Fishmeal.

Find other conference videos at mprove: webcasts.

Feb 10, 2008

How to update a Firefox Add-on?

Stefan and I have created a new version of the Menu for Firefox with better usability for the menu to quickly navigate ooo's sites from Firefox. However, problem is that we cannot replace v1.0.4 with the new v1.1. See the discussion at Firefox Add-on site. Who can provide any help?

Feb 4, 2008

Elements of Style

For a presentation I gave last week on the origin of patterns I found a quite condensed version of Christopher Alexander's latest book "The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe". The abridged version "Elements of Style" was featured by Wired in December 2003. You can find my version in English and German at
(Let me know if anyone has high resolution images. Mine are a bit jagged.)

Jan 29, 2008

Jef Raskin found by Anarchaia

Anarchaia found and linked to my page with Jef Raskin's design rules. I'll have to check the other cool stuff collected by Christian Neukirchen.

Jan 15, 2008

IxDA Patterns

The Interaction Design Accosiation has collected its discussions on patterns.
Find more resources on patterns (in general) at mprove: HCI Patterns.

Jan 2, 2008

James Kalbach's Designing Web Navigation

Thomas Vander Wal is looking forward to read James' book on Web Navigation. Me too.