In The Humane Interface, Jef Raskin — the legendary, controversial creator of the original Apple Macintosh project — shows that there is another path. Raskin. Humane Interface, The: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems. by Jef Raskin. Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional. Release Date: March Raskin, however, demonstrates that many current interface paradigms are dead the experience and vision of Jef Raskin, the creator of the Apple Macintosh.
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Raskin observes that our honeymoon with digital technology is over: Modes can be damaging, but they can also be useful.
Once they’ve habituated to an application there should be no need to go changing settings or reconfiguring anything. She does so simply by not choosing an object. Hhumane develop interactive Web sites.
Deep thinking is rare in this field where most companies are glad to copy designs that were great back in the s. In those first kef chapters, Raskin–the “inventor” of the Macintosh–offers what I think is a terrific introduction to the basics of interface design, cognetics and the quantification of interfaces.
We broke the tasks of determining a shipping address and billing address into two separate pages and people were much happier.
Apr 05, Teo Sartori rated it really liked it. I’m sure we all agree that the current Windows interface is far from ideal or humane, confusing untold millions and making work more difficult than necessary. The mode change corresponds with a task change editing structure verses entering textbut it can be easy to change modes accidentally. The habitual user needs efficient ways to handle tasks but flexibility to handle changes in routine.
The ribbon interface in MS Office and the exclusion of the personalized menus is an indication of realizing the importance of habituation and a reduction of modality. Page by page notes: There’s always someone with a “better idea”.
Efficiency of Hal’s Interfaces. As a previous reviewer stated, this book definitely warrants five stars for the metrics alone these have been incredibly useful for me.
The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems by Jef Raskin
If you will use icons, combine them with text. The dragging gesture in dragging a text selection has two meanings. Limited preview – Overall, highly recommend the book. It’s a great exploration of what is possible in user interface design.
Lists with This Book. Raskin points out the need for a grab function on a mouse to do away with scroll bars. Quantitative Analyses of Interfaces.
Jef did that before. The two primary modes are almost completely distinct. Intterface magnum opus was the Canon Cat, which was an excellent and well-thought-out little computer. Buy the selected items together This item: In this book, however, he went in a pointless direction.
Jef Raskin’s The Humane Interface
While Raskin has some interesting ideas, I feel like some of the existing metaphors are just burned into our brains so deeply, it will be difficult to change. The later occurs when the user selects an action and then selects an object to apply hujane to.
Easier than current cut and paste methods. So I want someone to call his bluff and contract with him to create a humane system.
Even so, Raskin builds and backs his argument in a most eloquent and scientific manner. Especially liked the chapters on modeless software, using zoom based interface.
When I told a friend I had bought this book, he said he liked it through chapter four–but that it went rapidly downhill from there. He proposes an entirely new interface for PCs–one that dispenses with file names, directory structures and applications.
Humane Interface, The: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems
I would guess that, in practice, even with a noun-verb paradigm, ihterface attention switches back to the same noun once the action is performed, either to verify that the action was correct or to perform further manipulations on that object. You may also like. He also demonstrates how design ideas must be bui See all 66 reviews.