Usability Literature

As I was contemplating what to write in my first post, I started thinking of last Tuesday, when I was attending the Dutch data quality award ceremony in Amsterdam. A very interesting event, organized by the data quality committee of the DDMA ( Dutch Dialogue and Direct Marketing Association).

After a presentation by TomTom on sharing map information through a community, I participated in a kind of bizarre discussion on usability of data, the value of data quality communities and literature. This last discussion topic was triggered by the oftentimes enigmatic dialogue boxes in Windows; “Are you sure that you are certain that you want to quit this application?”

As the discussion continued I wondered how a more literary approach would enhance the value of user interfaces. Here’s an example (with gratitude to my good friend Cronopio):

If Shakespeare had been a GUI designer

Now that’s usability value!

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