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Wireframing tool for Dreamweaver

For those who prefer to design prototypes in HTML, Eric Ott’s wireframing extension for Dreamweaver might be useful. Using this tool, you don’t have to struggle with tables to design your page layouts, since it relies on layers. You drag-and-drop interface elements from the objects tool bar onto the pages. According to Eric Ott, the extension adds the best of Visio and Illustrator in Dreamweaver. I would love to do prototypes in HTML, but I still find Visio more effective.

Download the Wireframing extension (search for Wireframing)

Henrik Olsen - February 10, 2003

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The Userati

Chris McEvoy, the guy who claims to love HCI but hate web usability, has a nice feature at his site called Userati. Through Google, he tracks references to celebrities within the interactive design community, such as Jakob Nielsen, Lou Rosenfeld and Henrik Olsen (how this punk ended up on this list, I don’t know…). More interestingly, he also tracks articles, and has lists of most recent and most popular articles featured at popular usability and web development related sites. Quite neat…

Chris McEvoy’s Userati

Henrik Olsen - February 05, 2003

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Optimizing sites and images for colour-blind viewers

With the online tool Vischeck you can test how a site or an image will look for colour-blind viewers. Vischeck even offer a free service, which will optimize images for viewing by colour-blind people. You’ll also find a lot of interesting and educational background information there. The site is worth a visit.

The site Vischeck

Henrik Olsen - January 19, 2003

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designers on design

This collection of pithy quotations related to usability, communication and design were collected by colleagues on *a* usability discussion list and are loosely grouped by topics.

This is akin to the growing IAwiki IA commonplace book (linked to on guuui previously).

the wall of pith
IA commonplace book

Ben Hyde - January 15, 2003

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WikiWikiWeb or what

the future of online collaboration?
the web as it was intended?
or anarchic chaos?

decide for yourself via some notable wiki's:

ward cunningham (

iawiki - rather relevant

meatball wiki - on a mission to build "an intercommunity"

flash coders - focused community

Patterns Of Cooperative Interaction - "seeks to specifically address how similar findings from different ethnographic field studies of
work and technology can be extracted from those studies and compared and contrasted"

Ben Hyde - January 10, 2003

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ISO Standards for HCI and Usability

The International Standards Organisation publishes standards related to Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Usability. These standards are categorised as primarily concerned with: 1. The use of the product (effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction in a context of use) 2. The user interface and interaction 3. The process used to develop the product 4. The capability of an organisation to apply user centred design

The HCI-related ISO list (and summaries) provided by Serco (TRUMP project)
Search and buy the reports (Paper or PDF) at the ISO site

Pieter-Jan Pruuost - January 07, 2003

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Harold Thimbleby (Gresham Professor of Geometry)

Here are links to some very interesting articles and streamable lectures.

<a href="">Lectures at Gresham College where Harold is Professor of Geometry</a>

<a href="">Popular writing</a>

<a href="">Available papers</a>

<a href="">The Computer Science of Everyday Things</a>

<a href="">Justice and Design</a>

<a href="">User Interface Design as Systems Design</a>

<a href="">A Future for Usability Engineering</a>

Harold Thimbleby's homepage

Ben Hyde - December 24, 2002

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The SAP Design Guild – resources for designing web applications

The company SAP is a provider of business software, which has moved into the internet age. On their subsidiary site, "The SAP Design Guild", they give full access to a rich source of interface design information primary target at their partners developing products in the SAP environment. The site represents some of the most comprehensive resources about user-centred design of complex web-based applications. On the site SAP offer their design resources, such as style guides, methods and insight on how a user-centred development should be carried out from initial analysis to usability testing. It provides lots of inspiration for interaction designers facing the challenge of creating web applications.

The SAP Design Guild

Henrik Olsen - December 17, 2002

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Survey on how folks keep up with information architecture

ACIA ran a survey in 2001 to learn about which information resources and events information architects use to keep up with field. The research included magazines, journals and newsletters, discussion lists, web sites, books, conferences, meetings, and a rating of which of these resources are considered most useful. Though the survey is more than a year old, there are lots of references to useful stuff.

Results from the survey

Henrik Olsen - December 10, 2002

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DENIM, a Sketch-based Web Site Prototyping Tool

Through a study of web site design practice, the Group for User Interface Research at Berkeley University observed that web site designers design sites at different levels of refinement (site map, storyboard, and individual page) and that designers sketch at all levels during the early stages of design. However, existing web design tools do not support these tasks very well. Informed by these observations, they created DENIM, a tool that helps web site designers in the early stages of design. DENIM supports sketching input, allows design at different refinement levels, and unifies the levels through zooming. Supported platforms: - Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, or XP - Mac OS X 10.1 (10.0 is not supported) - Solaris, Linux, and other Unix-like operating systems

The DENIM Web Site at
Try an exported DENIM Web Site Prototype

Pieter-Jan Pruuost - December 06, 2002

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