Jeff Johnson, UI Wizards, Inc.
UI design rules, guidelines, and heuristics are not simple recipes to be applied mindlessly. Applying them effectively requires determining their applicability (and precedence) in specific situations. It also requires balancing the trade-offs that inevitably arise in situations when design rules appear to contradict each other. By understanding the underlying psychology for the design rules, designers and evaluators enhance their ability to interpret and apply them. Explaining that psychology is the focus of this course.
Based on a University of Canterbury HCI lecture developed and presented in 2006. Improved to create a short-course for professionals, presented at CHI 2008 (1.5 hr version), DIS 2008 (3 hr version), and BayCHI IxD July 2008 meeting (1.5 hr version). Sold-out at CHI 2008.
Describes and demonstrates aspects of human perception and cognition:
Software designers and developers of all experience levels, especially those who did not take cognitive psychology in college. Also: Q/A engineers, usability testers, and managers.
Lecture, brief demonstrations, Q&A.
Jeff Johnson is Principal Consultant at UI Wizards, a product usability consultancy. He has worked in HCI since 1978. After earning B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in cognitive psychology from Yale and Stanford, he worked as a UI designer/implementer, usability tester, manager, and researcher at Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun. Since 1996 he has been a consultant and author. He has taught at Stanford, Mills, and the University of Canterbury. He has authored numerous articles and chapters on HCI, as well as the books GUI Bloopers, Web Bloopers, and GUI Bloopers 2.0.
Instructor website: http://www.uiwizards.com