Food for thought

Food for thought

Various literature that could be used for discussing the influences on usable products and adjacent subjects such as Universal Design.

Food for thought

  • Greenberg, S. and B. Buxton (2008) Usability evaluation considered harmful (some of the time). Proceeding of the twenty-sixth annual SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems. Florence, Italy, ACM.
    In which the authors argue that early concepts should not (just) be subjected to a usability test. Blindly applying methods without further thought about what the aim is does not work, this has to be a conscious decision.
    usability evaluation, usability testing, concept testing, innovators dilemma, process
  • Tractinsky, N., Katz, A. S., & Ikar, D. (2000). What is beautiful is usable. Interacting with Computers, 13(2), 127-145.
    Insight in an aspect, aesthetics, that can influence usability in a surprising way
    food for thought
  • Quinn, J.M. and Tran, T.Q. (2010) “Attractive Phones don’t have to work better: independent effects of attractiveness, effectiveness and efficiency on perceived usability“. Proceedings of the 28th international conference on Human factors in computing systems. pp353-362
    Research that supports the notion that attractive things work better than unattractive things.
    food for thought
  • Paymans, T.F., Lindenberg J. and Neerincx, M. (2004) “Usability trade-offs for adaptive user interfaces: ease of use and learnability” Proceedings of the 9th international conference on Intelligent user interfaces. Pp301-303
    Food for though on the effectiveness of mental models
    food for thought, mental models, learnability
  • Norman, D. (2010) “Technology First, Needs Last: The Research-Product Gulf” Interactions 17(2)
  • Dorst, K. (2006) “Understanding Design“, Ginko Press
    Gives a better understanding about design with short descriptions and definitions
  • Dorrestijn, S. (2010) “Design your own life: Over ethiek en gebruisvriendelijk ontwerpen”. In: M. Huijer & M. Smits (red.), Moralicide: Nieuwe morele vocabulaires voor technologie. Kampen: Klement, pp. 90-104.
    Behaviour steering in technology, usability and ethics.
    technology, ethics, philosophy, behaviour steering
  • Dorrestijn, S., “Design and Ethics of Product Impact on User Behavior and Use Practices”. In: M. Schneider et al. (ed.), Workshops Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments: Volume 4. Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments. Amsterdam: IOS, 2009, pp. 253-260.
    General introduction into the product impact workpackage.
    technology, ethics, philosophy, behaviour steering
  • Flusser, V. (1999) “The shape of things“, Reaktion Books
    essays about the society and the influence technology has onto this.
    society, technology
  • Moggridge, B. (2007) “Designing Interactions” Cambridge, MIT Press
    The book that summarizes how the technology of interaction came into being and prescribes how it will advance in the future.
    interaction, interface, design
  • Hallinan, J.T. (2009) “Why we make mistakes” New York, Broadway Books
    In his quest to understand our imperfections, Hallinan delves into psychology, neuroscience, and economics, with forays into aviation, consumer behavior, geography, football, stock picking, and more.
    psychology, mistakes

Beyond usability

  • Shneiderman, B. Universal usability. Communications of the ACM, 2000, 43(5) 84-91
    A peek into universal design
    beyond usability
  • Dorst, K. (2007). “Viewpoint: Design research: a revolution-waiting-to-happen.” Design Studies, 29, pp 4-11
    Explaines a vision on the development of new design methodology in general with respect to the product developers who are using that methodology
    methodology, vision