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The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Deep thinking is rare in this field where most companies are glad to copy designs that were great back in the 1970s. The Humane Interface is a gourmet dish from a master chef. Five mice!"

--Jakob Nielsen, Nielsen Norman Group

Author of Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity

This unique guide to interactive system design reflects the experience and vision of Jef Raskin, the creator of the Apple Macintosh. Other books may show how to use today's widgets and interface ideas effectively. Raskin, however, demonstrates that many current interface paradigms are dead ends, and that to make computers significantly easier to use requires new approaches. He explains how to effect desperately needed changes, offering a wealth of innovative and specific interface ideas for software designers, developers, and product managers.

The Apple Macintosh helped to introduce a previous revolution in computer interface design, drawing on the best available technology to establish many of the interface techniques and methods now universal in the computer industry. With this book, Raskin proves again both his farsightedness and his practicality. He also demonstrates how design ideas must be built on a scientific basis, presenting just enough cognitive psychology to link the interface of the future to the experimental evidence and to show why that interface will work.

Raskin observes that our honeymoon with digital technology is over: We are tired of having to learn huge, arcane programs to do even the simplest of tasks; we have had our fill of crashing computers; and we are fatigued by the continual pressure to upgrade. The Humane Interface delivers a way for computers, information appliances, and other technology-driven products to continue to advance in power and expand their range of applicability, while becoming free of the hassles and obscurities that plague present products.

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Book News Annotation:

Raskin (best known as the creator of the Apple Macintosh project) describes flaws in current machine-human interface structures and offers advice on how to fix them. Proceeding from basic facts about how human consciousness interacts with the outside environment, through simple technologies such as radios, to computers, he looks at a number of aspects of interface principles covering keyboards, mouses, screen configuration, and menu bars.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The honeymoon with digital technology is over: millions of users are tired of having to learn huge, arcane programs to perform the simplest tasks and have had enough of system crashes. In "The Humane Interface", Jef Raskin--the legendary, controversial creator of the original Apple Macintosh project--shows that there is another path. The book presents breakthrough solutions for navigation, error management, and more, with detailed case studies from the author's own work.

Synopsis:

This guide to the design of interactive computer systems shows how the advancement of computing and other IT driven technology revolves upon the human element to make it successful.

Synopsis:

"Deep thinking is rare in this field where most companies are glad to copy designs that were great back in the 1970s. The Humane Interface is a gourmet dish from a master chef. Five mice!"

--Jakob Nielsen, Nielsen Norman Group

Author of Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity

This unique guide to interactive system design reflects the experience and vision of Jef Raskin, the creator of the Apple Macintosh. Other books may show how to use today's widgets and interface ideas effectively. Raskin, however, demonstrates that many current interface paradigms are dead ends, and that to make computers significantly easier to use requires new approaches. He explains how to effect desperately needed changes, offering a wealth of innovative and specific interface ideas for software designers, developers, and product managers.

The Apple Macintosh helped to introduce a previous revolution in computer interface design, drawing on the best available technology to establish many of the interface techniques and methods now universal in the computer industry. With this book, Raskin proves again both his farsightedness and his practicality. He also demonstrates how design ideas must be built on a scientific basis, presenting just enough cognitive psychology to link the interface of the future to the experimental evidence and to show why that interface will work.

Raskin observes that our honeymoon with digital technology is over: We are tired of having to learn huge, arcane programs to do even the simplest of tasks; we have had our fill of crashing computers; and we are fatigued by the continual pressure to upgrade. The Humane Interface delivers a way for computers, information appliances, and other technology-driven products to continue to advance in power and expand their range of applicability, while becoming free of the hassles and obscurities that plague present products.

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Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-219) and index.

About the Author

Jef Raskin (www.jefraskin.com) is a user interface and system design consultant based in Pacifica, California. Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, NCR, Xerox, Ricoh, Canon, McKesson, and AT&T all number among his clients along with dozens of less-well-known firms. His articles have been published in over forty periodicals including Wired, Quantum, IEEE Computer, and the Communications of the ACM. He is best known for having created the Macintosh at Apple and the Cat work processor for Canon.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: The Importance of Fundamentals.

1. Background.

Interface Definition.

Keep the Simple Simple.

Human-Centered Design and User-Centered Design.

Tools That Do Not Facilitate Design Innovation.

Interface Design in the Design Cycle.

Definition of a Humane Interface.

2. Cognetics and the Locus of Attention.

Ergonomics and Cognetics: What We Can and Cannot Do.

Cognitive Conscious and Cognitive Unconscious.

Locus of Attention.

Formation of Habits.

Execution of Simultaneous Tasks.

Singularity of the Locus of Attention.

Origins of the Locus of Attention.

Exploitation of the Single Locus of Attention.

Resumption of Interrupted Work.

3. Meanings, Modes, Monotony, and Myths.

Nomenclature and Notations.

Modes.

Definition of Modes.

Modes, User-Preference Settings, and Temporary Modes.

Modes and Quasimodes.

Noun-Verb versus Verb-Noun Constructions.

Visibility and Affordances.

Monotony.

Myth of the Beginner-Expert Dichotomy.

4. Quantification.

Quantitative Analyses of Interfaces.

GOMS Keystroke-Level Model.

Interface Timings.

GOMS Calculations.

GOMS Calculation Examples.

Measurement of Interface Efficiency.

Efficiency of Hal's Interfaces.

Other Solutions for Hal's Interface.

Fitts' Law and Hick's Law.

Fitts' Law.

Hick's Law.

5. Unification.

Uniformity and Elementary Actions.

Elementary Actions Cataloged.

Highlighting, Indication, and Selection.

Commands.

Display States of Objects.

File Names and Structures.

String Searches and Find Mechanisms.

Search-Pattern Delimiters.

Units of Interaction.

Cursor Design and a Strategy for Making Selections.

Cursor Position and LEAP.

Applications Abolished.

Commands and Transformers.

6. Navigation and Other Aspects of Humane Interfaces.

Intuitive and Natural Interfaces.

Better Navigation: ZoomWorld.

Icons.

Techniques and Help Facilities in Humane Interfaces.

Cut and Paste.

Messages to the User.

Simplified Sign-Ons.

Time Delays and Keyboard Tricks.

Letter from a User.

7. Interface Issues Outside the User Interface.

More Humane Programming Language Environments.

System and Development Environment.

Importance of Documentation in Program Creation.

Modes and Cables.

Ethics and Management of Interface Design.

8. Conclusion.

References.

Appendix A: The One-Button Mouse History.

Appendix B: SwyftCard Interface Theory of Operation.

References.

Index. 0201379376T04062001

Product Details

ISBN:
9780201379372
Author:
Raskin, Jef
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley Professional
Location:
Reading, Mass. :
Subject:
Programming - Systems Analysis & Design
Subject:
Human-computer interaction
Subject:
User interfaces (computer systems)
Subject:
User Interfaces
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - Systems
Subject:
Software Engineering-Systems Analysis and Design
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
ACM Press
Series Volume:
1c
Publication Date:
March 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.13x6.21x.65 in. 1.06 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The honeymoon with digital technology is over: millions of users are tired of having to learn huge, arcane programs to perform the simplest tasks and have had enough of system crashes. In "The Humane Interface", Jef Raskin--the legendary, controversial creator of the original Apple Macintosh project--shows that there is another path. The book presents breakthrough solutions for navigation, error management, and more, with detailed case studies from the author's own work.
"Synopsis" by , This guide to the design of interactive computer systems shows how the advancement of computing and other IT driven technology revolves upon the human element to make it successful.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Deep thinking is rare in this field where most companies are glad to copy designs that were great back in the 1970s. The Humane Interface is a gourmet dish from a master chef. Five mice!"

--Jakob Nielsen, Nielsen Norman Group

Author of Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity

This unique guide to interactive system design reflects the experience and vision of Jef Raskin, the creator of the Apple Macintosh. Other books may show how to use today's widgets and interface ideas effectively. Raskin, however, demonstrates that many current interface paradigms are dead ends, and that to make computers significantly easier to use requires new approaches. He explains how to effect desperately needed changes, offering a wealth of innovative and specific interface ideas for software designers, developers, and product managers.

The Apple Macintosh helped to introduce a previous revolution in computer interface design, drawing on the best available technology to establish many of the interface techniques and methods now universal in the computer industry. With this book, Raskin proves again both his farsightedness and his practicality. He also demonstrates how design ideas must be built on a scientific basis, presenting just enough cognitive psychology to link the interface of the future to the experimental evidence and to show why that interface will work.

Raskin observes that our honeymoon with digital technology is over: We are tired of having to learn huge, arcane programs to do even the simplest of tasks; we have had our fill of crashing computers; and we are fatigued by the continual pressure to upgrade. The Humane Interface delivers a way for computers, information appliances, and other technology-driven products to continue to advance in power and expand their range of applicability, while becoming free of the hassles and obscurities that plague present products.

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