Table of Contents

VOLUME XI.6 November + December 2004

  • Editorial
    • Goodbye!

      Steven Pemberton

      I'm not the sort of person that reads editorials myself so I always feel a bit like a programmer designing a user interface when I write one. What motivates a person to read an editorial? What are their requirements? Well, this is the last time I have to confront…

  • Research alert
    • In Pursuit of Desktop Evolution

      Pamela Ravasio, Sissel Schär, Helmut Krueger

      The Desktop Metaphor: After 40 years of usage, what problems persist in its everyday usage? Today, working with the desktop metaphor requires memorizing conventions and procedures rather than interacting intuitively and in a straightforward manner. However, detailed information as to users' common practices, their specific problems, how they cope…

    • Usability and collaborative aspects of augmented reality

      Morten Fjeld

      In the past few years, augmented reality (AR) has received increasing attention from research and industry. By nature, AR is a highly interdisciplinary field engaging signal processing, computer vision, computer graphics, user interfaces, human factors, wearable computing, mobile computing, information visualization, and the design of displays and sensors. AR…

  • What's happening
    • What’s happening

      Marisa Campbell

      Workshops Tamodia 2004 3rd International Workshop on TAsk MOdels and DIAgrams for User Interface Design Prague, Czech Republic November 15-16, 2004 To design user interfaces for interactive computer-based systems, many forms of expression have been used and some new forms are currently being investigated by combining writing, drawing, sketching,…

  • Business
    • When good things happen to bad products

      Timo Jokela

      In some of these cases usability problems impacted negatively on customer satisfaction and business success, while in other cases they did not. How do we explain this, especially the market success of products with usability problems? We in the user-centered design (UCD) profession tend to promote usability by arguing…

  • Design
    • Animated use sketches as design representations

      Jonas Löwgren

      To summarize, a representation technique is needed that is expressive in terms of detailed design, sketchy in its expression, and versatile in its ability to create fictions. I have experimented with a representation technique that seems to fulfill these three criteria quite well. Animated use sketches are animated movies…

  • The whiteboard
    • The race of the web sites

      Kathy Gill

      Method The two candidates' sites are and I visited both sites from two perspectives: as an undecided voter and a committed voter. As an unaligned voter, I looked for the following: • Candidate position on health care/prescription drugs • Candidate position on economy/jobs • Candidate military service…

  • HCI and the Web
    • Attentional gambling

      William Hudson

      I first came across the concept of "attentional" gambling while I was researching an article on change blindness, a phenomenon where we fail to notice even fairly obvious changes between images if they are separated briefly by a blank field. (That is, in precisely the situation where we would…

  • Reflections
  • Conferences
    • CSCW 2004

      Marisa Campbell

      CSCW 2004, the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, is a leading forum for presenting and discussing research and development achievements in the design, introduction and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and societies. As well as covering traditional topics around work and working relationships, the conference…

  • Fast forward
    • It’s about time

      Aaron Marcus

      Einstein is famous for, among other things, making time a dimension like spatial dimensions and for introducing the relativity of time [29]. Recent studies of string theory and "theories of everything" [9] even make time merely one of ten dimensions. Piaget wrote The Child's Conception of Time, in which…

  • Books
    • Books

      Francesco Cara

      Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence Andy Clark Oxford University Press ISBN 0195148665 $26.00 The latest book by philosopher and cognitive scientist Andy Clark is a challenging and eclectic discussion of how the relationship between biology, technology and culture construes our mind and…