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The Art of Expectations

I’d personally love a computer experience which emphasized ‘flow’ and gradual, constant change. No longer would every little change pull your attention away from an important task. Instead, those Mail notifications, system messages and the like could gently change without you noticing, until you decided you wanted to actually look.

Lang, Keith. UI and Us (2008). Articles>User Interface>User Centered Design>Cognitive Psychology


Help for Help files

Normally I like to write positive stuff and I really love Uxmatters.. it’s a great site. BUT, the recent article PDF Manuals: The Wrong Paradigm for an Online Experience from my perspective is pretty much everything that’s wrong with Help today.

Lang, Keith. UI and Us (2008). Articles>Documentation>Writing>Technical Writing


Impairment and Design

We are all impaired to some amount. I realized this a few years ago as a musician, moving heavy amplifiers to gigs. Those little ramps that had been required by law (at least here in Australia) for wheelchairs were my saving grace.. instead of lifting the hefty equipment I could roll it into the building. It probably saved me more than once from back injury. And yet, there would be no way the institutions would have put in those ramps for my convenience.

Lang, Keith. UI and Us (2008). Articles>User Interface>Accessibility


UI and Us

UI and us is a place for discussing and questioning the computer software and hardware UI’s and experiences that we take for granted. The good, the bad and the ugly as well as some history and some news.

Lang, Keith. UI and Us. Resources>User Interface>Usability>Blogs

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