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Usability, Learnability, Memorability


Monday, December 28th, 2009
This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Medical Computing

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Medical Computing(A version of this series was first published in the newsletter of the Informatics Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians) Those of you who know me (or maybe have just heard about me) know that I am a zealot about user interface […]

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Skeuomorphism


Friday, February 15th, 2013
This entry is part 24 of 30 in the series Words

This entry is part 24 of 30 in the series WordsSkeuomorphism has been around for a long time. Architects including Frank Lloyd Wright have eschewed it. Alan Cooper, known as one of the founding fathers of user interaction design for computer systems, decried it in the first edition of his classic text, About Face: Essentials […]

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Ignore


Monday, December 12th, 2011
This entry is part 14 of 30 in the series Words

This entry is part 14 of 30 in the series WordsNo, I’m not talking about a system error message like Windows’ infamous “Abort, Retry, Fail?” I’m talking about active cognitive ignoring. This occurred to me as I’ve been using an electronic medical record system called DocuTAP. It has many very, very busy screens, each with […]

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Information Design 2


Sunday, March 14th, 2010
This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Tracking Systems

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Tracking SystemsGod is in the details –Mies van der Rohe The primary function of an ED tracking system – at least if you look at it from the right direction – is to display relevant, timely data to the user. A tracking system may do […]

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Icons, Pedagogic Vectors, Forms Design and Posture


Thursday, February 11th, 2010
This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Medical Computing

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Medical ComputingIcons and Pedagogic Vectors We all have trouble remembering a program’s graphical icons. The International Standards Organisation (ISO) has a standard for icons – an icon must be interpreted correctly by 2/3 of  test subjects. In usability and error-prevention terms, a 1/3 error rate […]

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