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Visualizing Software Tools: Designing the Task Centered Interface – Kevin Mullet, Human Interface Architect

In recent years it has become increasingly commonplace to hear software professionals professing their dedication to the principles of “user-centered design,” and indeed, a general conciousness-raising toward the needs of everyday users does seem to be taking place within the development community. Executives now call routinely for “ease of use” as a competitive differentiator, and […]

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Dead or Alive: Requirements before Design – David Churchill

Date: January 21, 1998 Speaker: David Churchill — Director of Marketing Design, Service & Test Business Unit, Tektronix, Inc. The ability to design a good User Interface is finally gaining recognition as a product development core competency. But products are still released only to receive immediate criticism for their poor interface designs. Many times this is a direct […]

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The Inmates are Running the Asylum – Alan Cooper

Alan Cooper is called ‘The Father of Visual Basic’ for his invention of the visual programming interface that became the popular Microsoft product. He is the author of About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design, published by IDG Books. Cooper’s other credits include Computer Associates’ SuperProject, and MicroPhone II for Windows. Cooper is a […]

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Machine-Centered vs. Worker-Centered Design –

Feature Presentation: Two videos demonstrate the strong contrasts between the Ameriican machine/data/efficiency centered approach to work design and the worker-centered, cooperative design methods used in Scandanavia. A bibliography will be provided.

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Intellectual Property – Erik Anderson

Date: May 6, 1997 Speaker: Erik Anderson — Hewlett-Packard Intellectual Property can be thought of as a person or company’s intangible property rights. Erik Anderson, Intellectual Property attorney, will present the basic concepts of this evolving field for hardware/software developers, designers, and usability professionals. He will talk about the state of the laws today and how they apply […]

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