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Don Norman on designs that makes us happy

Donald Norman is always worth listening to. Here, he gives a short talk on how design can make us happy.

Links:

  • Don Norman: The three ways that good design makes you happy Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - March 21, 2009

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Audio from presentations at the 2008 AI Summit

Boxes and Arrows has published audio and slides from the 2008 IA Summit. Speakers include Jared Spool questioning whether user-centered design produces user-friendly designs and Peter Morville on how to design better search interfaces and applications.

Links:

  • Day 1 Open link in new window
  • Day 2 Open link in new window
  • Day 3 Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - May 03, 2008 - via Putting People First

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How the new Office 2007 interface came about

MIX08 has published a talk by Jensen Harris giving a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the new interface design of Office 2007. He talks about how Microsoft said farewell to menus and toolbars and hello to the Ribbon.

In his presentations, Jensen shows some of the many concepts prototypes that came before the final design and explains how usability tests of these prototypes led to the Ribbon concept.

Links:

  • The Story of the Ribbon Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - March 11, 2008

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Videos of presentations at the Interaction 08 conference

IxDA have kindly provided videos of the presentations at the Interaction 08 conference - a conference geared toward anyone who practices Interaction Design.

Links:

  • Videos from the Interaction 08 conference Open link in new window
  • Interaction 08 conference site Open link in new window
  • IxDA Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 13, 2008 - via Putting People First

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Entertaining talk by David Pogue

Here's a quite entertaining talk by New York Times technology columnist David Pogue. David takes on the worst interface offenders and success stories.

Warning: piano and singing included.

Links:

  • David Pogue: When it comes to tech, simplicity sells Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - October 27, 2007

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Slides and audio from UX Week 2007

Adaptive Path has made slides and audio from the UX Week 2007 sessions available.

I can especially recommend:

- Sketching in Code: Using Prototypes to Visualize Interactions (description / slides / audio)

- Learning Interaction Design From Everyday Objects (description / slides / audio)

Links:

  • The UX Week sessions Open link in new window
  • Access to all the podcasts via iTunes Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - September 20, 2007

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Jared Spool on how bad usability and aggressive advertising can hurt brands

Google has published a 45 minute video with Jared Spool talking about online branding:

"What's the most effective way to strengthen a brand on the internet? Recent research shows that it isn't using traditional branding techniques. In fact, those tried-and-true methods can actually hurt your brand, if implemented poorly.

In this presentation, Jared Spool will discuss how User Interface Engineering's recent usability research has uncovered some fascinating truths about how people perceive brands on the internet."

Links:

  • Strike Up The Brand: How to Design for Branding (Google video) Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - May 31, 2007 - via Usability In the News

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Bill Buxton on sketching and prototyping user interfaces

In this 1.5 hour video, Bill Buxton talks about sketching and prototyping user interfaces.

To Bill Buxton, sketching is fundamental to ideation while prototyping is an evaluation technique. In ideation, the goal is to come up with many different ideas. In evaluation, you narrow down choices of ideas. Sketching is a way of "getting the right design" while prototyping is "getting the design right."

Links:

  • Bill Buxton's talk on sketching and prototyping Open link in new window
  • Jared Spool's summary of the talk Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - April 03, 2007 - via UIE Brain Sparks

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Luke Wroblewski on the shifting role of design

Luke Wroblewski has published a video featuring himself talking about the shifting role of design as mere styling to design as innovative problem solving.

His presentation provides an overview of why design and creativity has become a decisive source of competitive advantage.

Links:

  • Video: The Shifting Role of Design Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 01, 2007

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Is user-centred design working?

Donna Maurer has published a presentation and recordings of her talk "User centred design: Is it working?"

Here are some interesting (and quite provoking) points from her presentation:

- Lot's of clients are not satisfied with what they get from usability specialists. The work they do is shallow and the clients are left with the hard stuff that they meant to hire out.

- We have to stop selling usability. It doesn't have a value proposition. Usability is a quality aspect. Not a deliverable.

- A lot of the successful websites don't do traditional user research and usability testing. Their model is more about putting something out, see what happens, and modify it if needed.

- We have to stop designing by testing and focus less on user-centred and more on design

- Jakob Nielsen's stuff should be removed from the galaxy. All his rules lure people into a feeling that you can just get these rules and get it right.

Links:

  • Donna Maurer's talk User centred design: is it working Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - December 02, 2006 - via Usability In The News

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