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Some links and references to IBM CUA: Common User Access which defines a lot of the UIs and UX we still use.

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/02/04

Back in the late 80s and early 90s of last century, engineers Richard E. Berry, Cliff J. Reeves set a standard that still influences the user interfaces and user experience of today: the IBM Common User Access.

I mentioned CUA a few times before, but since an old client of mine managed to throw away their paper originals in a “we don’t need that old stuff any more as we are now all digital” frenzy, I wanted to locate some PDFs. And I promised to write more about CUA.

If anyone has printed versions of the non-PDF documents below, please donate them to aek at or scanning at as they are really hard to get.

A few search queries I used:

The PDFs I think are most interesting:

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Posted in, Development, History, IBM SAA CUA, Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User, Software Development, UI Design, Usability, User Experience | 3 Comments »

Luke Wroblewski: From the Front Lines of Multi-Device Web Design |

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/11/13

Very interesting video with the presentation by Luke Wroblewski: From the Front Lines of Multi-Device Web Design |

Not only about the various aspects of sign size depending on viewing distance, but also about various input methods, ambient light, statistics on usage patterns for various device sizes, etc, etc.

Recommended watching.


Posted in Development, User Experience | Leave a Comment »

Dark Patterns – User Interfaces Designed to Trick People

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/10/30


A Dark Pattern is a type of user interface that appears to have been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills.

We developers have a big responsibility. Martin Fowler and Erik Dörnenburg (both ThoughtWorks) did a great presentation about that at the GOTO Aarhus 2014 Conference.

A quote:

“The developer who wrote that code is every bit as responsible as the person who told them to do it. You have a choice. You have a responsibility to ensure that your users are well treated and to reject dark patterns,” says Fowler. “We have a whole profession of people writing software and doing enormous things to change the way we live in the world.”

Please watch the video: Our Responsibility to Defeat Mass Surveillance – Erik Dörnenburg and Martin Fowler – YouTube.



Posted in .NET, Delphi, Development, Software Development, Usability, User Experience | 3 Comments »

Paletton and Kuler: very useful for creating colour palettes (via G+ Nick Butcher / Marie Schweiz)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/29

Combile Paletton and Kuler and off you go!

Nick Butcher: Have found this site useful for creating colour palettes. Paletton – The Color Scheme Designer

Marie Schweiz: and you can get the swatches :)


Thanks Nick Butcher and Marie Schweiz.


via: Have found this site useful for creating colour palettes..

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Windows 8.x: Three keyboard/mouse ways to zoom in or out on start screen (via: YouTube)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/22

I love it that in Windows you can do everything both by mouse and keyboard.
Take the start screen: there are 3 ways (mouse only, mouse + keyboard, keyboard only) to zoom in/out in the start screen. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User, Usability, User Experience, Windows, Windows 8 | Leave a Comment »

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