Information Pollution on the Underground Map

The London underground map has long been held as a classic of information design, eschewing unnecessary details of distance and geography in favour of a symbolic connection between stations. Max Roberts delves in to the way that the modern incarnation of this classic is becoming progressively overwhelmed by “information pollution”, arguably reducing its effectiveness. Information …

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Meeting the Usability Challenge

A stunning presentation, even when viewed on-line. A deep, enjoyable, yet very practical coverage of key issues in usability which shines a light on a whole selection of problems and offers a way of looking at usability which can help solve them. It’s nearly an hour long, but if you do any work at all …

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Technology Review: Adapting Websites to Users

In my training and experience as a teacher, it was often emphasized that the presentation of subject matter should adapt to suit the learning styles of students. Now here’s a bunch of researchers from MIT looking at how to apply this to adapting the presentation of web sites. As with any other form of personalization, …

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Zebra Striping: Does it Really Help?

Many times when designing or implementing tabular user interfaces I have been through the loop of adding “zebra striping” to distinguish elements of a sequence. I have done this so often that my web framework Mojasef provides tools to assist in generating such stripes. Jessica Enders has done a small study and written an article …

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Usability and User-centred design

I find that one of the saddest things about taking an Open University course is that all the work and thought that people put into discussions in the course forums are just thrown away at the end of the course. This seems particularly poor from a learning perspective, as some of the best sources of …

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