The Usability Body of Knowledge (BoK) project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the usability profession.
it makes me flinch just a little when I read a page written from a usability perspective about how different countries and cultures have language and other nuances that need to be accounted for in experience design, and to find that the page is littered with US spelling. Now, I know, it was written in the States, and that’s how you spell things over there. It’s just feels a little ironic or paradoxical perhaps when the words are localization, globalization, and internationalization.
I propose that in this context (when we who talk about such things are talking to each other) we use this format: internationali(s/z)ation. It’s like a little natural reminder that the only our American friends use the letter Z with such frequency and that the rest of us English speakers have probably had Microsoft Word try to correct our spelling for the better part of the time we’ve been interactive with technology.
So, perhaps I’m a little sensitive… go take a look at this page on the new Usability Body of Knowledge website and see if you think I’m overreacting.
A bit of a mixed bag again today.
P.S.Happy Birthday Mick :)
a nice little article about how some ‘conventions’ are rubbish and user testing is the best way to decide if something works or not
against the ‘three click rule’
Some helpful resources (checklists etc.) for conducting research interviews, as per recommendations of the Australia Market & Social Research Society
become a GCal poweruser. (Includes links to a few cool Firefox extensions)
Aussie chick kicking user experience butt. Genevieve Bell is the head of Intel’s user experience group in the US. The Age profiles here here. Via Putting People First
Hooray! Smart people writing smartly about patterns. ‘developed in the domains of architecture, town planning and interior design, Alexander’s thinking on design patterns has been appearing over the past few years in the field of software development th
So, I (along with the rest of the Blogosphere) have been checking out Sphere since it launched yesterday. Sphere is the latest in a growing range of blog search engines. (I’m also waiting for Gnoos to launch – we’re just days away apparently from having an Australian blog search engine.)
My initial thoughts? I don’t like it. (But only because I’m miffed that my blog doesn’t show up in their search results at the moment.)
Seriously, I’m always interested to see a product that Adaptive Path have launched. Say what you like, but these guys are thoughtful designers. And this time around they’ve exposed the thought process they’ve gone through, which makes it all the more interesting.
So, from a design/user experience perspective, here’s what I’m thinking: