"Basically ... the time to acquire a target is a function of the distance to and size of the target."
"Although the basic message is obvious (big things are easier to select) it is the precise mathematical characterization that is exciting ... small increases in size for small objects make it much easier to select them (whereas small increases in size for big objects don’t make that much difference). And the same applies for changes in target distance."
What the hell? Where's the "sign up" button? "Existing subscriptions" ... "Associate your subscription with your Passport" ... ah ok. "Don’t have a MSDN Subscription? Learn more here." Nice how well they hid that.
MIT researchers have designed a software tool that measures "visual clutter". According to the scientists, the system could someday help designers create better displays, maps, and data visualizations and steer our attention in various ways. The prototype tool, written in MATLAB, is freely available.
Human-focused, machine-parseable formats. When I first saw it I immediately thought "textile & markdown!" but those aren't mentioned at all.
My interest in Textile and Markdown stems from a desire for a rich editing experience that degrades gracefully to plain text. (Basically, I want a slick outliner when I'm at a PC, and a usable text file on my phone or other limited-capabilities client.)
Designing Visual Interfaces: Communication Oriented Techniques
"Ironically, many designers of graphical user interfaces are not always aware of the fundamental design rules and techniques that are applied routinely by other practitioners of communication-oriented visual design -- techniques that can be used to enhance the visual quality of GUIs, data displays, and multimedia documents."
"It seems that in every field there is That One Book that people will point you to as the ultimate source to quickly get a sense of what it is all about. This book plays that role for the HCI field."
(Or maybe one of these.)
Excellent directory of HCI-related resources.
HCI is kind of an obsession with me (as it is with alotof the people whose blogs I surf). I think about it in a kind of fruity holistic way as tying in with the fundamental Quality of the product. There's a longer essay about this percolating.