December 10, 2004

Don't do as I say...

SAP Design Guild -- Golden Rules for Bad User Interfaces

"As people like to do just the opposite of what one is proposing, we thought that it might be a good idea to promote bad user interface design."

December 09, 2004

Airhead design of the day

Thanks to Form Function Emotion for this goodie (with photos):

"This machine is high tech. It has buttons so you can set the correct pressure for your tyre, and then all you have to do is press another button, and the machine will automatically pump the type up to the right presure. And it is in this cleverness that causes problems..."

Form Function Emotion: Coming up for Air

December 08, 2004

Simply calling something "Research" isn't good enough

An article in Wired News - Florida E-Vote Study Debunked - points out that serious research must be done in a responsible fashion.

"A study by Berkeley grad students and a professor showing anomalies with electronic-voting machines in Florida has been debunked by numerous academics who say the students used a faulty equation to reach their results and should never have released the study before getting it peer-reviewed."

"If I were to get this article as (an academic) reviewer, I would turn it around and say they were fishing to find a result," Stewart said. "I know of no theory or no prior set of intuitions that would have led me to run the analysis they ran."