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October 2009 Blog Posts (6)

Cognition Matters: What else can be done by designers to help people execute delayed intention? (I)

On the way to my 'Institute Residence' from my Department, I started thinking about 'cross sectional study'. When I reached my room and sat at the table I opened Mozilla browser but forgot what I actually wanted to get information about. Here, it is clear that the where/when aspect of my intended task is present but what aspect of the task is not available for me to initiate the intended action. The event cue (marker) 'reaching my room' is not cuing enough for me to get the (lost) 'what'. So, I… Continue

Added by Sanjram, Premjit K. on October 30, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Human Interaction - the Netherlands vs States

I will be paying extra close attention this time to Amsterdam. I lived in the Netherlands for a year and travel back often, I always notice things but never really try too hard to document anything. I will return with a few topics of discussion. I find it so interesting that each country/culture has their own interpretation of a light switch, door handle, toilet flushing handle. Another item I always notice is their Advertising, as the Country is very progressive so are their Ads. Can't wait to… Continue

Added by Gessica Lee on October 29, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Trust Lesson #2: Building Trust Is Not Enough



I choose the vendor I trust and have a "habit" for: I saw the movie Julie and Julia and now am reading the book. I got inspired, therefore, to try making a souffle and a quiche. Except I don't own a souffle dish or a quiche dish. So, time to do my part for the economy, and actually purchase some kitchen wares. I happened to be in a Williams Sonoma store and even looked at and picked up both a quiche and a souffle dish. But I didn't… Continue

Added by Susan Weinschenk on October 27, 2009 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

User Centered Design in Interface Design: Assumptions and Consequences of Considering that Users Count

Being involved in a development process of some Tangible User Interface for conceptual design, I tried for a year now to put some order in my mind about what interface design really is, what User Centered Design (UCD) and some other approaches (Activity Centered Design, Usability Engineering, and so on) have to do with each other. I must confess that I am still confused. There are a lot of models and approaches, like Contextual Design, Participatory Design, Usability Engineering. I had some… Continue

Added by magdalena mateescu on October 22, 2009 at 3:24am — No Comments

5 Fabulous Features: User Interface Design

The User Interface (UI) has been around since the 1960s when Douglas Engelbart and a team of researchers at the Stanford Institute developed the first interface that was mouse-driven, and employed the use of hyperlinks. Over the years the practice of designing and developing methods of navigation grew from basic principles of user-centric and logical interfaces to presenting information in ways that not only encourage interaction, but solicitation of emotions and convincing (persuading) the… Continue

Added by Jeffrey Olson on October 21, 2009 at 10:41am — No Comments

New Website

Ok, I’m blushing. We’ve had SO many comments on our new site structure (www.humanfactors.com). So now, I’ll open up the covers on some of the drivers behind the design.



We work on the most innovative and strategic concepts for our clients. We envision the future of online business models for many of the largest companies in the world. Yet our old site was just SO conventional. It was SO boring. So this… Continue

Added by Eric Schaffer on October 6, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

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