Table of Contents

VOLUME X.3 May + June 2003

  • Editorial
    • Not so much losing a publication as gaining a Web site

      Steven Pemberton

      The SIGCHI Bulletin has been around since July 1982. The first issue carried the surprising information that it was "Volume 14, number 1," since it had been born out of the SIGSOC Bulletin, that had (clearly) already been around for 13 years. In its 21 years, the Bulletin has seen…

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  • Research alert
    • Designing human-computer interfaces for quadriplegic people

      Constantine Steriadis, Philip Constantinou

      Our method is based on the use of a specially issued software class called "wifsid" (widget for single-switch input devices), which can be regarded as a universal scan element. A wifsid is graphically represented by a combination of a bitmap image, a label, and a 3-D frame. The scanning process…

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  • What's happening
    • What’s happening

      Marisa Campbell

      Seminar Lessons Learned: Designing a Usability Engineering Lab June 5, 2003 Rockville, MD, USA As the demand for user-centered design increases, more and more government agencies are considering developing their own usability labs. Staff who designed and developed the National Cancer Institute’s Communication Technologies Research Center (CTRC) will explain how…

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  • Business
    • The business case for user-centered design

      David Siegel

      Many HCI professionals spend a good deal of their time proselytizing about user-centered design (UCD). Often, attempts at persuasion involve or even hinge on cost justification. Developing a comprehensive model of costs and benefits can be quite complex, depending on how many factors you try to include, such as the…

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  • Design
    • From user interface to über-interface

      John Armitage

      In an essay entitled "The Plastic Goblet" [8] by graphic design educator Lorraine Wild, graphic design was likened to a "goblet" from which readers "drink" the content contained within. As we all know, although wine tasted from a paper cup is no different than that tasted from crystal stemware, the…

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  • The whiteboard
    • Get your product used in anger!

      Carl Myhill

      You cannot understand requirements precisely until a product is used "in anger." Surprising? I don’t think so. But let’s explore the evidence, look at possible remedies for poorly designed products, and think about the future of such products. Is there a kind of natural selection that favors good design? My…

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  • Book preview
    • Book preview

      Marisa Campbell

      The Craft of Information Visualization, Readings and Reflections Benjamin B. Bederson and Ben Shneiderman Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2003 ISBN: 1558609156 $59.95 Information visualization is a rapidly growing field that is emerging from research in human-computer interaction, computer science, graphics, visual design, psychology, and business methods. It has become a major…

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  • Reflections
    • Letter writing, telephones, and television

      Steven Pemberton

      I once bet a friend who was reading The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris that I could open it at any random page, as often as he wished, and find a piece of rampant nonsense. I won the bet (and he was a lawyer too!). I have recently been re-reading,…

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  • Conference preview
    • Conference preview

      Marisa Campbell

      SIGGRAPH 2003 Conference: July 27-31, 2003 Exhibition: July 29-31, 2003 San Diego Convention Center San Diego, CA, USA SIGGRAPH is the world’s largest marketplace of computer graphics and interactive techniques, and in 2003, the SIGGRAPH annual conference series turns 30. From its modest beginnings in the dormitories of the University…

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  • Fast forward
    • Icons, symbols, and signs

      Aaron Marcus

      Icons and symbols have been part of the user’s experience of computing for decades, and many people tend to take them for granted as part of graphical user interfaces. But they weren’t always there. The Apple Macintosh popularized "icons" as the slightly misnamed term for these visual signs, and by…

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