Last week I read Jared Spool’s richly illustrated article on the ever-returning question: “Do links need underlines?”.
Spool’s analysis is on point, but too subtle for some. He concludes: “When the designers switch back and forth, between having some links underlined but others not be underlined, that makes even more work for users. Work that doesn’t add any real value. We think the visual design element of the underline is not required, but it is cruel to make users work extra hard because you can’t decide.” Continue reading Visualization of hyperlinks
Next October, I will be attending the User Interface 11 Conference (UI11) in Cambridge MA. Yesterday I received the request to sign up for the sessions I plan to attend.
So this will be my personal conference program: Continue reading Looking forward to User Interface 11
Discovered on GUUUI.com: a Dutch research reveils that 50% of all returned electronic devices claimed to be malfunctioning, is not due to a malfunction, but to bad usability. According to Den Ouden most of the flaws found their origin in the first phase of the design process: product definition.
Today, my colleagues Annelies, Gert, Pascal and I attended the annual conference of SIGCHI.nl, who seized the opportunity to announce its new name: Chi Nederland.
The conference was held in the beautiful Tuschinski theater in Amsterdam. This year’s theme: “The Web and Beyond” (or in short: Web 2.0*). An impressive 650 (roughly) people were present, a record for this conference. Continue reading SIGCHI.nl 2006 conference
“To truly become a user-centered organization, companies almost always progress through the same sequence of steps, gradually increasing their levels of commitment to usability.”
Jakob Nielsen, UseIt
In short, these are the 8 stages of Corporate Usability Maturity*: Continue reading The 8 stages of Corporate Usability Maturity
Over the past week, we have had some interesting and enthousiastic reactions on Mart’s and my article on the Knowledge Browser, our new knowledge management solution for SharePoint 2003.
So we decided to dedicate a website to it. As from today, www.knowledgebrowser.net will be the home of the Tam Tam Knowledge Browser.
I am proud to announce that today the first version (1.00) of the Knowledge Browser for SharePoint has been released to one of Tam Tam’s clients. The development team (Mart, Raymond, Robin, Stef and Wouter) has put much time, hard work and pondering in it to complete this first implementation in time. Cheers guys!
The Knowledge Browser is a customized knowledge base for SharePoint Portal Server 2003 that accommodates high-level navigating through a large collection of information by means of metadata. Continue reading Knowledge Browser for SharePoint v1.00 released
Earlier I posted the first previews of the new Office interface, provided by Jensen Harris.
Yesterday, Harris reveiled the new UI visuals for Office 2007. As you will see, the ‘ribbons’ are further developed. It looks very promising. Continue reading New screenshots of Office 2007
Today I found a picture in my mailbox (thanks Paul) showing the evolution of the homepages of Yahoo! and Google.
The comparison illustrates perfectly why I haven’t used Yahoo! since the year 2000. The directory concept for a web portal haven’t ever worked for me, but before 2000 I did use Yahoo! occasionally (as back-up for Altavista). Continue reading The evolution of Yahoo! and Google
Peter Boersma has been promoting User Experience as replacement for IA as a field for some time now (read his articles on the T-model: original post and extended model).
Via InfoDesign, I read Peter Boersma’s article “User Experience: The next step for IA’s?”:
“Unless you have never done anything else than analyse, structure and group large volumes of content only to hand-off that work to others, you have probably been acting as an interaction designer, information designer, computer scientist, business analyst, or usability engineer before. … you are in fact a user experience professional”.
Peter Boersma Continue reading Hello, I am a user experience designer