Remote controls are a great way to engage non-designers. These three examples show the difference between Engineering simplicity, Conceptual simplicity, and Aesthetic simplicity.10 Mar 2017
How enterprise designers can use their special abilities to shape product strategy17 Nov 2015
How can design help real people use data in their lives?16 Dec 2014
Playing with atoms as well as bits.
A fun free little puzzle game developed for iPhone.
Play it on the web It works in Safari / Chrome on the desktop, using the arrow keys to steer.
Notes about the development of the Invisible Maze game
Getting the best of both worlds19 Dec 2013
UX team organization can make or break a company's design strategy26 Nov 2013
In a world of limited resources, code beats pictures. (published at BoxesAndArrows.com)16 Jan 2012
How good are you at reading charts? Which chart is the best? I created a small game to test chart skills and get some hard numbers on how well each chart works, including styles. Everyone says that pie charts are bad. But how bad? Let's find out.18 January 2012
When Bad Usability is Good User Experience04 January 2012
Having run a couple of marathons, I designed and coded some interactive charts to analyze the New York Marathon overall runner population and look up an individual runner.21 November 2011
How good design can make users effective (published at BoxesAndArrows.com)20 April 2011
Selecting the wrong chart, like bad chart design, can obscure the data. Here is a simple model pick the right chart for your needs.9 June 2009
To an expert user, it is easy to forget the obstacle that registration and login pose to many users. Here are a few tips that can make the process easier.August 2009
Personas are a popular user experience deliverable, whose purpose and use are often misunderstood. This article suggests ways to make personas useful, and not just a pretty face.1 March 2008
Advanced search is the ugly child of interface design -always included, but never loved. Websites have come to depend on their search engines as the volume of content has increased. A progressive disclosure approach can enable users to use precision advanced search techniques to refine their searches and pinpoint the desired results.16 January 2008
From April till December 2006, I conceived, designed, and coded survee.com. Though I dropped the project, it was very satisfying and taught me some harsh, but good lessons.15 April 2007
As updating Tables of Contents in Visio is very dull, I wrote a macro (a small program) that automatically generates a Table of Contents list for a Visio document.4 April 2007
Realistic wireframes are easier for users to understand and respond-to in wireframe tests. Published at BoxesAndArrows.com19 September 2006
A whitepaper on a way to improve usability in website navigation.20 May 2006
A whitepaper on financial services business challenges and solutions.30 March 2006
A presentation at the 2006 Boston Usability Professionals Association Mini-Conference30 March 2006
This presentation summarizes research and workflow techniques for designing complex applications, and was presented to the Intranet Benchmarking Forum. As always with presentations, much more was said than appears on the slides.21 March 2006
Use these lazy techniques and spend your time on more interesting problems than lining up little boxes! Published on BoxesAndArrows.com29 Jan 2006
Project management techniques can determine the success or failure of an outsourced project. The discussion of IT outsourcing has been dominated by the advertisements of the companies selling it and the concerns of US workers. Less discussed is whether it makes sense for a US company to actually outsource major software projects.13 April 2005
Some tips on arguing, and how to avoid common logical errors.17 January 2004
Our products solve physical problems, not intellectual problems. Intelligent devices won't be useful until they can take action to achieve their tasks. This may be more difficult than making the device intelligent.2003
What food additives say about us as consumers.23 March 2002
A short paper on login best practices.1 March 2001
by Gavin Shepherd, with Stephen Turbek
This report is a discussion of the issues regarding using audio elements and sound tracks in modern interactive environments.
by David Neier, with Stephen Turbek
The Open System Interconnection (OSI) model describes the way in which information travels across a network. This report illuminates some of the inner workings of your computer as it browses the Web.
XML, the eXtensible Markup Language is a simple, flexible, open system for sharing data between organizations. Though generally invisible to the user, it is rapidly changing the way information is exchanged and is used in thousands of applications.22 January 2001
Secure Internet transactions have been as important as the Web browser in making the Internet useful. This report gives an overview of Public Key encryption and a brief history of cryptography.12 January 2001
Collaboration with distant colleagues is one of the biggest challenges in the new workplace. Here are some ways to make it easier.11 December 2000
What does it mean to be "digital"? Why has the word "analog" become synonymous with natural, old, or human? Why exactly is the future digital?4 December 2000
Plug and Play technology is poised to make computers much simpler, if only we can agree on a standard.6 November 2000
Cookies have been fingered as agents against personal privacy, but in reality, they work for you.23 October 2000
Digital media can be easily duplicated, making it difficult to control the supply. A new model for commerce must emerge.2 October 2000
Games illustrate what a good interactive experience can be.28 July 2000
The French culinary technique, the 'Gallantine'.9 June 2000
Notes from the work of the master of information graphics.6 June 2000
by Ben Kleinman, Mary Quandt, Stephen Turbek, Neil Werhle
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