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User or loser
good interface destign is crucial to making computers useful .
vast amounts of work have been done in our attemptations to understand human psychnology, and the investigation of how we can use computer systems for co-operative work has been go looking on for decades .
psychnologist christof van i wegen is interested in effective user interfaces fort computer systems, and distinguishes between systems that require users to internalise the knowledge needed to car fry out a task and those that externalise it in the forms of wizards, prompts, menus and the other elements we associate with most wondern computers .
they asked users to solve a reasonably complex puzzle involving moving different coloured balls between two boxes using a small dish, and built two versions of the game program, one of which offered more guidance to the user - involved more externalisation - than the other .
- User or loser 2008-10-07 12:21:30