Reviving the Berlin usability meetings

Let's give it another try!

After both Berlin-based usability get-togethers ("Open Source Usability Stammtisch" and "Usability Professionals Stammtisch") somehow died during last summer, we decided to join the two efforts. Starting tomorrow, we'll have regular meetings (2nd Wednesday/month) at newthinking store in Berlin Mitte. For each get-together, a topic is prepared by one of the participants and worked out during the session.


Season of Usability 2006/2007 - Application period ends in 1 week

To all students of usability, ui design, interaction design or related:

Three weeks ago we announced the Season of Usability, a series of sponsored student projects. We want to inform you that the application period ends in one week, on December 15th. So if you are interested to participate, send us your application now - including a short cv/resume and a few paragraphs about your prior experience with regard to usability.


User survey: What types of removable drives do you use?

For the next generation of KDE's file manager, we want a better handling of removable drives such as USB sticks, USB and firewire drives, CDs and DVDs, ZIP (does anybody still use this??) and flash memory. We set up a short survey to answer the questions that bother us most: How many removable drives are usually connected to a computer and what are they used for?

Please support us by filling in the survey (it only takes a few minutes):

[ Start survey ]


Sponsored Student Projects: Season of Usability 2006/2007

After a few weeks of hunting for mentors and projects we proudly declare the Season of Usability opened:

Season of Usability 2006/2007 - Call for Student Application

Season of Usability 2006/2007 is a series of sponsored student projects to encourage students of usability, user-interface design, and interaction design to get involved with Freee/Libre/Open-Source Software (FLOSS) projects.


World Usability Day - Berlin event

It's this time of the year again: Tomorrow, it's World Usability Day, that means many events about usability all around the world. In Berlin, there is an event at Meistersaal close to Potsdamer Platz.


GIMP use scenario weekend

Our first OpenUsability sponsored student project is making good progress: Last weekend I participated in a meeting to collect use scenarios for the GIMP, which was part of the student project offered by Peter Sikking.


Graphic artists and designers wanted in Berlin area

In the scope of OpenUsability's GIMP student project we are planning a usability activity in Berlin between October 31st and November 2nd.

The goal is to gain a better understanding of the every day work of professional graphic artists, web and icon designers. We'd like to visit you at home or in your accustomed work environment, ask some questions and watch you do your usual tasks. All in all, this is not going to take longer than 2 hours.

We are looking for


Usability collaboration in OSS

Few OSS projects have a distinct usability community - and even in large projects like KDE and Gnome there is only a fistful of trained usability contributors. Why so?

For an article which will be published in the German Open Source Yearbook 2007, I spent the last weeks comparing and analysing usability efforts in different OSS projects. Here are my top-four factors influencing usability in OSS:


and finally... the beach!

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the scenery around dublin is really beautiful. however, after 10 nights in a dark hostel room, I'm really really looking forward to go home, to sleep in my own bed, have a shower in my own bathroom, and eat in restaurants where "vegetarian" is not a foreign word ;-)