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The mechanics of interface design. The user reconfigured: On subjectivities of information. Authors: Jeffrey Bardzell Interaction design researchers are increasingly focusing on the changing roles of the user.

The user reconfigured: On subjectivities of information

By this we do not mean how technologies have changed people. Instead, we refer here to how interaction designers have deployed “the user” as a kind of rhetorical or discursive construct. In an earlier paper [1], which I summarize here, we argued that not only has the field’s rhetorical use of “the user” changed over the past 30 years, but also that interaction design as a field would benefit from a more reflective and deliberate deployment of both the concept and the term. It is in the user that the technical and social worlds come together. The user has been and continues to be a plastic enough concept to handle its diverse uses, but as the concept continues to accrue meanings and applications, it acquires a complexity that can be hidden behind its apparent simplicity. Let’s unpack that. A Brief History of “the User” A brief survey of “the user” makes this clear. References.

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Origins of Common UI Symbols. Hat do Swedish campgrounds and overuse of the Apple logo have in common?

Origins of Common UI Symbols

A lot, according to Andy Hertzfeld of the original Mac development team. While working with other team members to translate menu commands directly to the keyboard, Hertzfeld and his team decided to add a special function key. The idea was simple: When pressed in combination with other keys, this “Apple key” would select the corresponding menu command. Jobs hated it — or more precisely the symbol used to represent the button — which was yet another picture of the Apple logo. 19 common UX problems and how to fix them. The Complexity of Simplicity. Every project I've worked on in my 17-year career has had one thing in common.

The Complexity of Simplicity

At some point someone says, "It should be simple. " But what does "simple" actually mean? People can always tell when something is simple, uncomplicated, elegant, not overworked, or a number of other near-synonyms, but can rarely articulate why something is simple. Because simplicity is inherently subjective, achieving it pretty tricky. Fortunately, the discipline of experience design has emerged as a means to help the world realize its need for simplicity and what it takes to achieve it.

20 FREE ebooks for designing user experience / ux by keepitusable. Here are 20 free online ux books that will help designers to create a better user experience / ux and improved usability. 1 Mental Models in Human-Computer Interaction: Research Issues About What the User of Software Knows by John M.

20 FREE ebooks for designing user experience / ux by keepitusable

Carroll and Judith Reitman Olson 2 HCI Models, Theories and Frameworks: Toward a Multi-disciplinary Science by John M. Carroll 3 Search User Interfaces by Marti A. 4 Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell (patterns only) 5 Designing Mobile Interfaces by Steven Hoober and Eric Berkman 6 Web Style Guide by Patrick J. 7 Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design by Shawn Henry 8 Building accessible websites by Joe Clark 9 The Fable of the User-Centered Designer by David Travis 10 Converting The Believers by usereffect 11 Elements of psychology by Henry N. 12 Learning, Remembering, Believing: Enhancing Human Performance by Daniel Druckman and Robert A. 13 Psychology and Industrial Efficiency by Hugo Münsterberg 14 Getting Real by 37 Signals 18 CSS Cookbook.


User Experience Project. Defining and Informing the Complex Field of User Experience (UX) Courses. Dark Patterns - User Interfaces Designed to Trick People. Design methods & tools. Associations. Usability. People. UX Myths. FatFonts. FatFonts is a graphical technique conceived and developed by Miguel Nacenta, Uta Hinrichs, and Sheelagh Carpendale.


The FatFonts technique is based on a new type of numeric typeface designed for visualization purposes that bridge the gap between numeric and visual representations. FatFonts are based on Indo-arabic numerals but, unlike regular numeric typefaces, the amount of ink (dark pixels) used for each digit is proportional to its quantitative value. This enables accurate reading of the numerical data while preserving an overall visual context. How it works Fatfonts are designed so that the amount of dark pixels in a numeral character is proportional to the number it represents. This proportionality of ink is the main property of FatFonts.

Multi-level Digits With the examples above you can only represent numbers from 0 (blank fatfont) to 9. The image above represents a 4-digit FatFont number 4,895.