The Usability SIG Newsletter
Motivation: The Whys and Wherefore
By Scott McDaniel
Scott offers wisdom from a child—in the course of analyzing
requirements, it turns out to be important to keep asking "Why?"
Using Personas: Bringing
By Whitney Quesenbery
Whitney answers important questions: How do we communicate what we know
about the people who use our products in an engaging, efficient way? How
do we get beyond statistics to a portrait of users that helps us use this
information to make decisions? More...
Message Severity Levels—How Much Is Enough?
By Martin Schwirzke and Mayuresh Ektare
Martin and Mayuresh conducted usability tests of their error messages, and
present their findings in this article. Their hypothesis: increasing the
number of severity levels, or granularity, does not improve a user’s
ability to interpret the problem described in the message. More…
Usability of My Digital Camera
By David Dick
Allan Cooper is correct when he describes in Inmates Are Running the
Asylum how a product changes when computer technology is applied. One
example is the camera. Digital cameras are similar to non-digital cameras
except for the way they capture an image—actually; it’s a camera with
computer technology. More...
Pulse of the SIG
Electronic Voting: Usability,
By Karen Bachmann
Beyond just the undeniable importance of a usable form and voting
mechanism, is the need to consider the comfort and satisfaction of voters
dealing with sometimes radically changed voting systems, especially when
the move is from paper-based voting systems to electronic systems. More...
Reshaping Technical Communication:
New Directions and Challenges for the 21st Century by Barbara
Mirel and Rachel Spilka, eds.
Reviewed by Jeff Staples, Houston Chapter
Leonardo’s Laptop: Human
Needs and the New Computing Technologies by Ben Shneiderman
Reviewed by Allen Rotz, Usability SIG Manager, Washington, DC Chapter
Columns and SIG News
- Report from the New Jersey Usability SIG Meeting
Report from DUX - Designing User
by Fred Sampson