Thursday Oct 22, 2009

Click maps

The OpenOffice.org guys are doing some interesting analysis as part of their Project Renaissance UI improvement project. This click map caught my eye this week (click to see the whole thing):

OpenOffice Impress toolbar click map

More information on what they're doing can be found over on the GullFOSS Blog.

Tuesday Feb 19, 2008

Media at your fingertips

Was just pondering in the shower at the weekend (as you do) about what still makes, say, MacOS X feel like a more cohesive desktop experience than even the latest and greatest GNOME in Indiana/Nevada.

One thing that came to mind was its integrated management of your media-- in pretty much any Mac app where you might want to insert or edit multimedia content, you can immediately access your entire music, photo or video library in a familiar-looking window and drag it over from there. It's built into the file selection dialog, too.

Mail.app media browser PulpMotion media browser iMovie media browser Open File dialog

Of course, Apple only really let you manage your media library with their own software: iTunes, iPhoto, Aperture, iMovie, Final Cut etc. But it did get me wondering if there was a place for a freedesktop 'media library' spec, that would offer our users the same sort of quick, searchable access to their media content (be it local, remote, stored on Flickr, split across three DVDs, or any combination of the above) in any application that required it. And, of course, to do what Apple doesn't, and allow any app to manage that content, if it needs to do so :)

Sunday Aug 19, 2007

Free as in usability

The folks at shinyhappyusers.org have just released their e-book and DVD as free downloads, and there are a bunch of video podcasts too.

Tuesday Jun 05, 2007

FLOSS Usability Wiki

I wasn't at CHI this year so I don't know how this is likely to pan out, but one of the follow-up actions from the Usability and free/libre/open source software SIG: HCI expertise and design rationale was apparently to create this wiki. Will be keeping an eye on it to see what occurs...

Tuesday Apr 24, 2007

No Sun in Birmingham

Bit disappointing to see there are no Sun speakers in the core GUADEC schedule this year, especially as it's being held just a short hop across the water from the JDS team in Dublin-- first time we haven't featured in the proceedings since we became involved in GNOME nearly seven years ago, I think. They're still looking for lightning talks, though, so hopefully we might still step up to the mark there!

(I have proposed a usability workshop kind of thing that may show up in the non-core days, but it would be sad not to be represented at the main event.)

Thursday Nov 30, 2006

Coding horror

What happens when you let developers design user interfaces :)

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I am an Interaction Designer in the Systems Experience Design team, arriving at Oracle via Sun where I've worked since 2000. I currently work on sysadmin user experience projects for Solaris. Formerly I worked on open source Solaris desktop projects such as GNOME, NWAM and IPS.

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