The Computer User as Toolsmith
The Use, Reuse and Organization of Computer-Based Tools
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Computer User as Toolsmith by Saul Greenberg
Book DescriptionComputing environments that furnish a large set of tools (such as editors, mail programs and language processors) are difficult to use, primarily because there is no means of organizing the tools so that they are at hand when needed. Because of the dearth of knowledge of how users behave when issuing commands to general purpose computer systems, user support facilities are ad-hoc designs that do not support natural work habits. The Computer User as Toolsmith, first published in 1993, describes several empirical studies from which the author has developed a computer version of a handyman's workbench that would help users with their online activities. For the practitioner and interface designer, the guidelines and principles offered here are directly applicable to the rational design of new systems and the modernization of old ones. For the researcher and graduate student, the book offers a wealth of analysis and interpretation of data, as well as a survey of research techniques.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521404303
(253mm x 177mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jan-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Saul Greenberg
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Suitable for individual learning, for classrooms, and for a team that wants to develop a culture of design practice, this book provides instructions and exercises, various sketching methods that may let you express your design ideas about user experiences across time.
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