Software Design and Usability

Software Design and Usability

by Klaus Kaasgaard


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Software Design and Usability by Klaus Kaasgaard

While computer software has become an intrinsic part of our everyday lives, it all too often fails to meet our true needs, or is difficult to use.

Accordingly, terms like 'usability' and 'interface design' - the art of ensuring a smooth interaction between human and artifact - have become the new buzzwords of the software industry. But what does this focus on user-centered design by web agencies and software companies actually entail? Is user-centered software design characterized by unity and homogeneity, for example, or by diversity and heterogeneity? Which remedies are available to us for redressing usability problems with software?

These are the kinds of questions asked and answered in this book, in the course of six talks conducted by the author with seven distinguished software professionals. The wide-ranging conversations demonstrate how the issue of usability goes far beyond merely designing an appropriate user interface, and that it involves not only organizational and strategic considerations, but also our overall approach to technology and society.

Sofftware Design and Usability is not primarily a theoretical book. The author's as well as the participants' engagement and practical experience ensure a lively debate, informing practitioners and researchers alike. The book is mainly aimed at students and practitioners involved in the fast-growing fields of user-centered software design and human-computer interaction, but it will also be relevant to anyone involved in related disciplines such as the philosophy of technology, computer science and psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788763000413
Publisher: Copenhagen Business School Press
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.17(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Designing for Use
The Professional Stranger: A Talk with Bonnie Nardi
The Unbearable Lightness of Web Design: A Talk with Jakob Nielsen
The Art of Programming: A Talk with David Smith
Beyond Formalisms: A Talk with Austin Henderson and Jed Harris
On Hermeneutics and Software Design: A Talk with Terry Winograd
Making Usability Research Usable: A Talk with Stephanie Rosenbaum

What People are Saying About This

Jannie Nielsen

The right book at the right time...The vivid talks represented in the book make it an obvious choice of reading among researchers and students in the many new information technology study programs as well as among the growing number of practitioners in the software industry working with human-computer interaction and usability.
— Jannie Nielsen, Associate Professor, Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School

Mary Beth Rettger

The conversations provide food for thought for all of us who do this work.
— Mary Beth Rettger, President of the UPA (Usability Professionals' Association)

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