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Whitney Interactive Design

Publications - Whitney Interactive Design: "Articles and Downloads"

Storytelling, personas, and theatre
Storytelling for User Experience Design blog
Posts on storytelling and its uses at Rosenfeld Media
Designing Theatre, Designing User Experience
ACM Interactions, March/April 2005, p55-57
A few lessons from the theatre for designing the user experience.
Virtual Communities: Weaving the Human Web
STC Intercom, January 2004, p 26-28
Lessons on how to help people suceed with search, from usability research with consumers using online health information.
When the show must go on, it's time to collaborate or die
Boxes and Arrows, March 2002
What I learned about UI design while working in the theatre.
Storytelling: Using Narrative to Communicate Design Ideas
Presentation at the 48th Annual Conference Society for Technical Communication, 2001
Personas workshops
Making Personas Part of Your Team (slides) - with Ginny Redish
Putting Personas to Work

Usability techniques workshops

Three ways to help users understand your information
Center for Plain Language workshop with Ginny Redish and Kate Walser (November 2010)
Letting Participants Choose Their Own Tasks
STC Summit 2009, Atlanta, GA
Make your usabilty tests more engaging by tailoring the usability tasks to participants' interests.
Choosing the Right Usability Technique (Getting the Answers You Need)
User Friendly 2008, Shenzhen China (with Daniel Szuc)
A look at usability methods by starting from the question you are trying to answer.
Conducting a User-Centered Expert Review
STC 2007 (with Caroline Jarrett) 
A technique for conducting an expert review that starts with users and their goals for using the site or application
Getting More Out of a Usability Test
User Friendly 2006 Hangzhou, China
Taking notes during a usability session to make analysis and reporting easier and more effective.
Reporting Usability Results
User Friendly 2005 Shanghai, China 
What makes usability reports useful? Updates from the international standard on reporting summative usability results (CIF) and information from a workshop on more informal reporting.
Making Personas Part of Your Team - (workbook |slides)
User Friendly 2008, Shenzhen China (with Ginny Redish)

An introduction to personas, how to collect data for them, create them, and use them for design and innovation
Putting Personas to Work
STC Rocky Mountain Chapter
This workshop focused on how we can use personas to design products, documentation and web sites
How to look at a form - in a hurry 
with Caroline Jarrett, UPA 2006: Usability Through Storytelling, Broomfield, Colorado, US 
What do you do if you only have a day, or just thirty minutes to evaluate a form. A quick technique that work for any expert review.
Interaction Design: Helping Users Work BetterUser Friendly 2004 Beijing
A user-centered view of different models of interaction design.

Plain language
Usability doesn't stop when you write the content
Apogee, May 2008
Too often, user-centered design stops where the content begins. But plain language is part of user-centered design; easy-to-read content makes sites more usable and accessible.
Applying usability principles to content for diverse audiences
with Caroline Jarrett and Ian Roddis. HCI 2006: Engage, London, UK 
What we learned when re-writing content for teens and audiences new to university: avoid long blocks of text, create informative headings, and provide navigation options within the content.
More Alike Than We ThinkUXmatters, March 20, 2006 
Finding common ground in the usability needs of teens, older adults and low literacy
Language and Usability
(Proceedings notesPresentation slides中文 - Chinese translationA keynote presentation at the 2004 Tekom conference in Weisbaden, Germany, November 10, 2004

Usable accessibility | Universal usability
Why People MatterUXmatters, 2006

5Es: Dimensions of usability
Balancing the 5Es
(中文 - Chinese translation)
Cutter IT Journal - February 2004, pp 4-11
Also in "Software Usability: Strategies for Meeting Business Goals and Users' Needs"

Functional requirements answer the question, “What does this program have to do?” Usability requirements answer different questions: How do users approach this work? How do they think about the tasks? How do they judge a successful experience?
Dimensions of Usabilility: Opening the Conversation, Driving the Process
Proceedings of the UPA 2003 Conference, June 2003
Using the 5Es to start a conversation about usability within a product design team.
What Does Usability Mean: Looking Beyond ‘Ease of Use
Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference Society for Technical Communication, 2001 
This paper accompanied a panel with Caroline Jarrett, Judy Ramey and Ginny Redish and introduces the 5Es concept of dimensions of usability.

Designing for search: making information easy to findWorkshop from User Friendly 2009, Shanghai
Designing for search: case studies from the Open University
Three papers look at different aspects of how we improved the user experience of a large university web site through user-centered design and search analytics.
  • Designing for Search: Making Information Easy to Find
    with Caroline Jarrett, Ian Roddis, Viki Stirling, Sarah Allen, STC 2008
    This paper looks the role that good content design plays in making information easy to find. Examples from the Open University web site illustrate how the design of the content works with the design of the web site to make information easier to find, easier to understand, and easier to use to meet a goal (or answer a question).
  • Search is now normal behavior. What do we do about that?
    with Caroline Jarrett, Ian Roddis, Viki Stirling, Sarah Allen, UPA 2008
    Some say "Search represents a failure of navigation”. This case-study challenges that idea with an intensive analysis of a large university web site. The result is a view of search as part of user experience, and how the site design can work with this reality.
  • Using measurements to inform development of a complex web site used for complex tasks
    with Caroline Jarrett, Ian Roddis, Viki Stirling, Sarah Allen, HCII 2009
    The role of measurements - usability testing, search log analysis, and web traffic analysis to inform site design. The paper describes an example of triangulating data taken from all three sources to help make design decisions.
Designing a Search People Can Really Use
STC Itercom, December 2003, p 18-21
Lessons on how to help people succeed with search, from usability research with consumers using online health information.
Who is in Control? The Logic Underlying the Intelligent Technologies Used in Performance Support
Technical Communication, Volume 49, Number 4, November 2002 (Frank R. Smith Outstanding Journal Article Competition - Outstanding Issue 2002)
Intelligent agents, information visualization, search engines, collaborative filtering and how they related to performance support. 

On Beyond Help – User Assistance and the User InterfaceTechnical Communication, STC. April 2001.
Winner 2001 Frank R. Smith Outstanding Journal Article 

Designing for different user approaches to search and finding information

Learning about Clinical Trials: The importance of viewpoints (PDF version)
User Experience (UPA), Volume 6, Issue 4, 2007
What we learned in research about how cancer patients and their families look up information about clinical trials

Voting, elections and public policy
Better Ballots
This report, by the Brennan Center for Justice, looks at the impact of poor design and instructions - on paper and electronic ballots - on elections.
Connecting Usability and Accessiblity in Elections
Testimony at the EAC Roundtable on Usability and Accessibility, March 27, 2008
The Machinery of Democracy: Voting System Security, Accessibility, Usability, and Cost
This four-part report, by the Brennan Center for Justice, is the final product of the first comprehensive, empirical analysis of electronic voting systems in the United States. I co-authored the usability section, and contributed to the accessibility section.
Creating a Univeral Usability Agenda
Article in UXmatters discussing how we used a series of resolutions on human factors and privacy to create an agenda for our work on the federal VVSG 2005 - Voluntary Voting System Guidelines
Oops! They Forgot the Usability: Elections as a Case Study
Keynote at the Michigan State University Conference on Usable Information Technology, October 26, 2004
Starting from People: Designing Usable Voting Systems
NIST Symposium on Building Trust and Confidence in Voting Systems, December 10-11, 2003
What We Don't Know About Internet Voting and Usability
Georgia Tech Research Institute workshop on Internet Voting, November 13-14, 2001
Voters Learn the Importance of Usability
Usability Interface, STC Usability SIG, January 2001

Usability politics
Book cover imagesForward to Usability Success Stories
edited by Paul Sherman, Ashgate 2006 
This book is a collection of great case studies sub-titled "How Organizations Improve By Making Easier-To-Use Software and Web Sites"
The Politics of Design
AARP/Bentley College conference on Aging By Design, September 28, 2004. 
Looking beyond the craft of design to the politics behind good design and design process
Why People Matter
UXmatters, November 3, 2005
The social benefits of human-centered design
Trust and Blame
UXmatters, February 20, 2006
Why is it that the only humans who seemingly make errors are the people who are trying to use a product?
What's in a Name?
Design Matters, STC Information Design SIG. May 2001
A short article looking at the various titles and how they relate to the different skills needed for usability.
Applying a UCD Process to Implementing a UCD Process
Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference, Society for Technical Communication, 2001

Styleguides and standards
Towards the Design of Effective Formative Test Reports
with Mary Theofaonos, NIST. Journal of Usability Studies, Issue 1, Volume 1, November 2005, pp. 28-46 
A report on an industry project to identify best practices in reports of formative usability evaluations.
Usability Standards: Connecting Practice Around the World 
Proceedings of the IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (IPCC), July 2005, pages 451-457
Building Blocks to a Body of Knowledge for User-Centered Design: To Certify or Not to Certify
Usability Interface, STC Usability SIG, April 2002
A report on activities investigating certification for usability professionals.
Building A Better Style Guide
(Presentation Handouts)
Proceedings of Usability Professionals' Association, 2001 
A report on ways of using style guides to build consensus within a design team
Using a Style Guide to Build Consensus
Usability Interface, STC Usability SIG, April 2001 
A short introduction to the social aspects of style guides.

Prototyping and interaction design
Prototyping and Usability Testing with Visio
with Karen Bachmann
Society for Technical Communication, 2001
earlier versions Society for Technical Communication, 1997, 1998
The Basics of Graphics That Really Do Work Online
with Paul Hoffman
Hyperviews (STC Online SIG) Vol 3 No 2, Summer 1996
UI Design - Keys to the Interactive Kingdom
IEEE Multimedia Conference, Washington DC, May 1995

Online documents and hypertext
Lessons from the InfoWeb - Creating a Successful Knowledge Management System
Hot Trends for Communicators - STC Region 5 Conference. October 1999
Get Smart: Interface Design and Production Meet Editorial on a New CD-ROM Magazine
Proceedings of the 43nd Annual Conference, Society for Technical Communication, 1996
An American Journey: Designing the Interface for an Electronic Document
Proceedings of the 42th Annual Conference Society for Technical Communication, 1995
Documentation's Holistic Role
Journal of Computer Documentation, ACM-SIGDOC. Vol 23 No 4, November 1999
Designing Library Reference CD-ROM Interfaces for Usability
Common Ground, UPA, Vol 7 No 4, October 1997
De-Confusing the User: A Taxonomy of Tools, Needs and Approaches for Effective Online Documents
Rensaelear Polytechnical Institute Symposium The Five Year Horizon: Skills and Education for the Information Technologist September, 1997
Steps to Success: Applying an Interface Design Methodology to Electronic Documentation
Spectrum 94, Rochester, New York. March 1994
Going Online: Developing a User Interface for an Online Document 
STC-PMC News & Views, Vol 29, No 3, November 1993
Interface Design for Online Documents
American Association of University Publishers, June 1993
Hyperties User's Guide for Version 3.0
Cognetics Corporation, 1991

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