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Posts with topics related to human-factors and human-computer interfaces and engineering.
Every Wednesday I get the privilege to attend HCI lunches here at Stanford where a mishmash of scholars, professors, and students meet over lunch to watch someone’s presentation on research (and proceed to tear it apart).
… but only for a few? Click on image for a screenshot.
How far we have come in comprehending the fundamentals of user-oriented design! Here’s an example where functionality has overridden the long-held tenets of design and visual design: the log in screen for an OS.
Just as Tropicana and Pepsi bungled over rebranding, IKEA now has been added to the list, and this time over something slightly less obvious.
An online banking security prompt asks me whether or not the computer I’m using is a public computer or not:
Problem: Even though there is a lot of text associated with each radio button, I have to navigate to the button itself each time to select one or the other option (frustratingly, the site assumes that whenever I connect I want it to think I’m on a private computer, which is never always the case).
Resolution: use labels and ids, as follows:
Click this text to select this button
Click this text to select this button instead
Compare this to the rather less convenient
You have to click on the radio button to select this one
Likewise for this radio button
Identified problems: using a table structure with cells breaks the label’s power to associate the button with the text.