usability & accessibility

November 3rd is World Usability Day! Celebrations are occurring all around the world over the next 24+ hours. I’m lucky enough to be participating in two events myself.

Hope you can all celebrate yourselves!

Interface Developers lost a pioneer in our field today. Jef Raskin, creator of the Macintosh Computer interface has died.

Read the press release to find out more about him. I had some issues with his book The Humane Interface, however overall I considered it a great read because it made me think.

He and his son were working on an interesting project when he died and I look forward to seeing more about it in the future.

I recently picked up a great addition to my User Experience Toolkit. It’s a Moleskine Notebook with pre-drawn storyboard blocks.

Below is an image of the inside with four squares to draw in. There are additional pages with smaller squares. The squares have a center mark to help with composition – or if you would need to divide them.

I’m excited to use this for product development. I usually doodle wireframes and storyboards to get started on general layout ideas for interfaces and this tool will allow me to do so easily while on the go. I can keep them all in one place and easily refer to them later. Nice!

If you’re not familiar with Moleskine they are great notebooks. They have been the notebooks of choice for Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway and of my husband.

Moleskine opened to reveal two facing pages each with 2 storyboard frames

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