Custom Application Development:

Human Interface Design

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April 21, 2009  10:25 PM

Legacy Application to Windows – Challenge of design



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Human Interface Design, Legacy Applications, software development, Software Development Methodologies, Updating Legacy Systems, User Experience

I've discovered the greatest challenge of my application programming and design career,  (Hopefully I haven't met my match!).  My latest project involves a rather large legacy character-based system which has evolved over the past 20 years or so.  The source code directory lists some 800+ pieces...

February 26, 2009  6:00 PM

Simplicity is Power



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Human Interface Design

Seems like I've expounded on this topic ever since my first encounter with software and software development.  Keep it Simple (Stupid) - aka the KISS approach is, I believe, always appropriate when looking at development of a business application.  It has always been my goal that users of...


February 16, 2009  11:56 AM

Application Design and Expectations



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Development, Expectations, Human Interface Design, User Experience, User Interface

I believe I've stated before in this blog that at one time while working with some ERP software I became known as the man who "...wouldn't have designed it that way!"  Well, yesterday I saw that same user frustration and amazement (I'm being nice) with regard to an application that my friend was...


December 26, 2008  9:17 PM

User Flexibility vs Simplicity



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Human Interface Design, IT administration, Software Quality, User Interface

Once again I have found myself really struggling with what seems to be conflicting requirements for an application currently being developed.  I have blogged on more than one occasion here that to create an application which "hides" the complexity of its workings from its users is no trivial task,...


December 17, 2008  10:58 PM

The Danger of Over Simplication



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Human Interface Design, IT Management, Software maintenance

How many times have you heard "I have an easy request for you..." from either users or the non-technical manager with no concept of what it takes to create an integrated software application?  Most of us that have been up and down the development block have experienced this I'm sure, and also...


October 6, 2008  11:46 AM

Software Application Speed and ADD Users



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Application Performance, Business process automation, Human Interface Design, Software application development, Software Quality, Software testing, User Interface

ADD -- aka Attention Deficit Disorder -- is, some say, an altogether too common ailment in today's society, at least in the U.S. While I certainly don't intend to debate that issue, a recent experience got me to thinking about how children with ADD do and will grow up to be computer application...


September 26, 2008  7:33 PM

User Experience, User Interface or Human Interface Design?



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Human Interface Design, Software application development, Software Quality, User Experience, User Interface, UX

I have written quite often over the past year about user interface issues. One of my blog posts worked with the question of whether the interface should be busy or sparse. I also provided...


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