SEP
28
2006

HCI Day @ aKademy 2006

Yesterday we had our Human-Computer Interaction Day with a very rich programme. There was an accessibility and a usability track, as well as a session on icon naming by the artists.

SEP
21
2006

Kivio User Research

For the redesign of Kivio, Tina and me set up a user survey to learn more what people do with diagramming applications, what types of diagrams they create and what features they really need. The results of the survey are important in several ways:

SEP
21
2006

KDE 2006 Usability Reports

2006 isn't over yet, but the KDE Usability Project has already invested a huge amount of time in usability research. I've now put some of this work online, including reports about information design of the Human Interface Guidelines, about Amarok, Kaffeine, Kivio and What's This Help:

SEP
9
2006

KDE Dialog Layout II

Summarising the comments on the previous blog entry and my own consideration:

Top-to-Bottom – Users do not want to think about the proper sequence of options. The layout should therefore support the workflow. Top-to-bottom is mostly perceived to fulfill this requirement.

SEP
7
2006

Participate in WUD Berlin - CfP (German)

... for the Germans around, especially Berlin-based ones:

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Call for Papers and Participation - WUD Berlin 2006
2nd World Usability Day (WUD) 2006 in Berlin
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ZIELSTELLUNG

Dieses Jahr findet zum zweiten Mal der weltweite "World Usability Day" unter dem Motto "Making life easy" statt. Von den Veranstaltungen in über 70 Städten war der Berliner WUD im Jahr 2005 mit mehr als 100 Besuchern ein großer Erfolg.

SEP
6
2006

KDE Dialog Layout

A few weeks ago, I complained about the possibilities to align and group elements when designing KDE dialogs with Designer. But in order to make Designer better meet our requirements, we first have to define what KDE dialogs should look like: We need to define guidelines.

In a first step, I had a look at dialogs and guidelines of the four major desktops: KDE, Gnome, Mac and Windows.

Comparison of the major existing Dialog Layouts

Status quo: KDE

SEP
2
2006

sunny views

After three years at relevantive, I decided to work as a freelancer again - and moved in to a shared office in Berlin Kreuzberg.

While the relevantive office was beautiful, this is sure a small upgrade:

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AUG
13
2006

OpenUsability Sponsored Student Project

OpenUsability is proud to announce the offering of a series of sponsored student projects. They provide an excellent way for usability, user-interface design, and interaction design students to gain experience in the interdisciplinary and collaborative development of user interface solutions in international software projects.

JUL
26
2006

Sunset on the roof

Tom Chance and his girlfriend Ali are in Berlin for a short holliday. Together with Scott and the relevantive crew we had a barbecue and enjoyed the sunset on the roof top. Hach, summer nights in Berlin are just great!

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JUL
18
2006

Is it just me?

... or do more people have problems to lay out dialogs properly with Designer?

I struggled for about half an hour with the automatic alignment functions, and all I got was this cluttered dialog layout:

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