User experience

Adam Bosworth on keeping it simple

Adam Bosworth discusses how the user focus changes in moving from BEA to Google, and how this influences thinking about how to build services. it is interesting to me how this focus around simplicity in the services world could carry through even to the plumbing people use. For example take so called web services. The … Continue reading Adam Bosworth on keeping it simple


The Personalisation in presentation services homepage provides access to a report recently completed on behalf of JISC. It makes an interesting distinction between customization where a user can configure a system themselves and adaptive personalization, where system interaction is based on knowledge about users gained from “tracking user activity and/or other sources of user information”. … Continue reading Personalization

IE team blog

The Microsoft Internet Explorer Weblog is at IEBlog. Not much there yet. Our goal in this blog is to be a good place, direct from the source, for information about IE. What are we working on? How do we make decisions? Why does some part of IE work the way it does? What keeps us … Continue reading IE team blog


Yakpak is a children’t user interface for OPAC data. It sits on top of a Z39.50 client. Produced by IndexData it is worth a look. It will be launched at ALA in Orlando.

Bielefeld proceedings

The 7th International Bielefeld Conference: Proceedings have just been announced. Jay highlights the work of OR in his presentation. Roswitha Poll has an overview of a survey of users with some interesting results; the powerpoint gets in the way a little on this one. I thought that Hans Geleijnse’s concluding presentation [ppt] was a nice … Continue reading Bielefeld proceedings


I typically find myself nodding in agreement when reading Jakob Nielsen’s alertbox. Of course, others may have a different response! Here are his top ten web design mistakes of 2003. Sites are getting better at using minimalist design, maintaining archives, and offering comprehensive services. However, these advances entail their own usability problems, as several prominent … Continue reading Alertbox

Web design and usability guidelines

A resource from the National Cancer Institute:Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines The “Strength of the Evidence” scale provides designers and developers with an indication of how seriously they should consider each guideline. A five-point scale is used to denote the “strength of the evidence” related to each guideline. The more valid the studies directly … Continue reading Web design and usability guidelines

Why aren’t user interfaces more like cars ..

Now what about user interface design? Every software application I own has a bespoke interface. No doubt this has a lot to do with differentiating oneself in tough markets, and I do like variety and novelty, but come on. These apps are needlessly different. Mozilla mail is nothing like The Bat!, which is nothing like … Continue reading Why aren’t user interfaces more like cars ..

Mitch Kapor’s Chandler

When Ken Klingenstein was here he spoke a bit about Chandler from the Open Source Applications Foundation. A ‘marketing’ article in MIT’s Technology Review: Mitch Kapor’s new, more intuitive computer interface puts all the information we need to manage our digital lives at our fingertips, no matter what form it�s in. [Trash Your Desktop]

User studies

Brenda Dervin has an article on user studies in the most recent issue of Information Research. Brenda is working with OR on the IMLS grant. In addition, a recent extensive review of the literatures in library and information science, human computer research, and communication as it relates to information seeking and use, particularly in electronic … Continue reading User studies