“How to Design User-Computer Interfaces”

  • ©James (Jim) D. Foley and John Sibert



Entry Number: 05


    How to Design User-Computer Interfaces

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    Who should attend?

    This course is for systems designers and programmers with experience in basic graphics and interactive computing. Individuals with substantial experience in designing user-computer interfaces will find the lecture pace to be somewhat slow. Attendees should consider the Tuesday Companion course entitled Psychology for User-Computer Interfaces.

    Recommended background

    At least two years of computer experience and some exposure to interactive graphics are recommended.

    Course description

    This course will provide requisite background for designers of user-computer interfaces. A top-down design methodology will be presented first, followed by a discussion of the interaction devices and interaction techniques which can be used as a part of an interface. Important considerations in the visual presentation of information, such as coding, searching and structure, will be discussed. Design criteria that can be used to evaluate existing or proposed user interfaces will be presented and illustrated. The lectures will be illustrated with slides and videotapes of interaction devices and techniques. Contemporary window managers will be used to illustrate the top-down design process.

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    Pete Segal

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