Open Source UX: reviewing Joplin and Ocenaudio

In this post, we’re diving into two compelling open source projects, Joplin (task management) and Ocenaudio (audio editing), which are redefining user expectations and providing strong alternatives to proprietary software. These applications not only challenge the dominance of established players but also showcase a commitment to improving usability and functionality in ways that appeal to […]

Clipping: empathizing with real users on the streets

It would be wonderful if such stories were more prevalent and lauded in the overall industry: it’s about how we end up affecting concrete lives. Human-computer interaction as a research field is all about this; seeing the others’ perspective. From HN: leshokunin Disclaimer: I was a PM on Angry Birds. […] vvoyerNice, what’s the craziest […]

Public service announcement: youtube links have tracking

Public Service Announcement: YouTube links now include an SI source id at the end which is unique to your account if you share link on another non-Google platform. Be sure to delete everything from the “si=” onward or it will be easily traceable to your Gmail @OldRowSwig on X

reNamer.click: recovering files from your e-ink tablet (Windows app)

2023-11: Download is upcoming! An e-ink tablet is great. It’s your digital notebook, your portable sketchbook, and your go-to brainstorming device. But what if you need to export your stuff to another device, or a backup? There is no mass export function for files or folders in human-readable form, and that’s where reNamer comes in. […]

Conceptual Modeling: A key to better communication while building complex systems

Understanding the core concepts and their interrelationships is the foundation of any software system. Misunderstandings or misconceptions about these concepts can lead to system failure. To avoid such pitfalls, it’s crucial to communicate the conceptual system using a model. This model serves as a common language for professionals from different fields to discuss the core […]

Desktop: JPEG Autorotate photo rotating app

“Ever had the problem of pictures taken in portrait showing up in landscape in emails, on your blog or on your mobile device? JPEG Autorotate is the solution. It’s quick, it’s simple, it’s free.” -Raquel JPEG autorotate: read reviews & download to try it yourself Published around 2005, still has 5-10K downloads per year in […]

Product & framework thinkers: Case studies. And how about AI?

2023-06: Updated to include concrete examples and to discuss AI/Large Language Models (LLMs). Developers and UX professionals often seem like beings from different planets. I’ve found that shared understanding about software project goals can sometimes be hard to achieve. Have you ever taken a moment to consider how software gets designed and developed? You might […]

Design and Learning theories: Giving a workshop on UX

I received my original education in the field of HCI (Human-Computer Interaction). In educational learning theories, some of the same fundamental principles are central. A product designer, like a teacher, cannot assume much about the recipient of the experience they create. A product proves to be good only when a real person has demonstrated through […]

Rethinking Usability Education: Bridging Theory and Practice

Introduction During my working life I’ve taught some trainings and lectures on UX and courses on software development. Here’s some reflections on what I found central. Usability or User Experience (UX) education plays an indispensable role in bridging the gap between the theoretical principles of design and their practical applications. This post explores the essence […]

Qt: Adjust QTableView height according to contents

In my layout, my dynamically generated QTableViews seem to get resized to only show one row. I want to have the container of the table views to have a scrollbar instead of the individual table views, which should show full contents. Qt doesn’t have anything built in for this apparently, you need to calculate and […]

User Experience Design in Open Source: Inviting the Users

In any software project, we need to understand the people who will use the product. There are many different points of view onto what approach we should take. Spool: Vision, feedback, culture Some promote approaches to usability practice alternative to User Centered Design (UCD). Spool (2008, 2009) calls the attention of the usability community to the […]

Getting Twincat XAE to function on MacBook Pro

I finally got sick and tired of all my windows laptops breaking physically one way or another. First there was ThinkPad Edge, then there was the ultrathin Sony Vaio (bought just before Sony sold the business and discontinued the thing). Developers, Linus Torvalds included, online seemed to agree that MacBooks are the best hardware on […]

UX Design Concept: Learnable Regular Expressions (2016)

Reach: 91K~1700 recommendations (Hacker News, Reddit, Twitter & Medium) Regular expressions you can read: A new visual syntax (and UI) Regular expressions are a technical tool, not unlike a domain specific programming language. It is intended for situations where you need to match patterns in text, in order to filter or manipulate it in various […]