OPEN USABILITY E.V.

For a growing spread of usable free software. Within the non-profit association we act as promoters to attract usability experts to work in free software projects and to make the usability process more transparent.

Libreoffice Human Interface Guidelines: Context Menu and Sidebar

The Libreoffice Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) have been given a new lease on life. In this posting we present the recommendations for context menu and the sidebar.more...

Libreoffice Human Interface Guidelines: The second step

The Libreoffice Human Interface Guidlines (HIG) have been given a new lease on life. In this posting we introduce the impact of two primary personas on guidelines about menu bars and tool bars.more...

Libreoffice Human Interface Guidelines: First steps

The Libreoffice Human Interface Guidlines (HIG) have been given a new lease on life. In the first step, generic artifacts including the vision, personas, and an UX manifesto are presented.more...

Please participate in a survey about KDE’s download manager KGet

Please participate in a survey about KDE's download manager KGet.more...

How designers think about ‘Save as…’

In a short survey we analyzed the association for a couple of newly introduced 'Save as...' icons compared to the classic floppy symbol.more...

Find the best Icon for ‘Save as…’

Our friends from the World Usability Day in Stuttgart started a competition to create a new icon for 'Save as...'. We ask you to crowd curate the best one!more...

Shape the Future of Managing Network Connections in KDE

On the occasion of the World Usability Day 2013, we ask you - the users - to help us shape the future of KDE network connection management.more...

2012 – A good year for the user experience of Free Software?

With the start of User Prompt, Users and Usability of Free Software will win. The business model includes efforts in the Open Usability e.V. as well as releasing and developing a new Open Usability platform as Free Software. All employees will support Free Projects during part of their working time.more...

Impressions of a usability guy on the Berlin Desktop Summit 2011

On the joint KDE / GNOME Desktop Summit the developer community showed great interest in working closer with their users.more...

If you are going to Berlin and want to know more about the users of your application…

... I would be very happy to talk to you!more...

Designer vs. Developer? A FLOSS perspective.

The relationship of developers and designers is full of misunderstandings. Projects fail, e. g. due to the struggle among different views on the same subject. Communication can be frustrating for both sides. But there is hope. In this article I want to share and discuss factors that facilitate a 'Designer with Developer' rather than a 'Designer vs. Developer' in FLOSS projects.more...

Hello LibreOffice!

User Prompt is happy to be part of the planet LibreOffice!more...

Universal Design and Free Software

"Universal Design" addresses an unrealistic goal. There is no way to create anything that fits everyone. But Free Software offers different hope to reach the same goal: adaptability.more...

Usability meets Open Source on Berlin LinuxTag

LinuxTag 2010 is about to start and we will - together with the OpenOffice.org User Experience team - hold an informal meeting on Usability in OpenSource.more...

Hello planet KDE!

From today our User Prompt blog is aggregated to planet KDE. We will be blogging about usability and user involvement in KDE.more...

Lessons from Season of Usability

Read the personal experiences from Julia who participated as a student in the Open Usability Season of Usability, working on Gallery.more...

Do we need A Centralized, State-of-the-Art Open Source Usability Lab? Or: Myths about Usability in Open Source…

Usability is not achieved by doing some tests. The spirit of the development has to foster the continuous improvement. An answer to thesis from Sam Dean and Matt Asay.more...

Season of Usability 2009 looking for students

A new Season of Usability has been announced. Students can apply. I will be usability mentor for the Gallery project.more...

LinuxTag 2008

User Prompt will be on LinuxTag 2008 together with Tine 2.0.more...

Season of Usability: 2nd Round of Application

Today nine candidates for the 2nd round of applications for the Season of Usability got chosen.more...

Season of Usability: Projects Opening

The OpenUsability.org - Season of Usability (SoU) has started their call for participation.more...

Integrating Usability and Software Engineering

Usability engineering methodology is currently optimized for the needs of commercial software development. Adaptation for Free Software still needs creative work but has great potential.more...