Interface Design

A good interface design optimizes the user experience and the interaction between human and machine based on the results of the requirements analysis. Or like the well-known design principle claims it: Form follows function.

KDE control module usability using the example of KCM for pointing devices

After reorganizing the system setting structure, the KDE control modules (KCM) should be updated as well. The pointing device KCM should be the proof-of-concept for all design ideas. Your feedback is highly appreciated, especially in respect to the duality of simple vs. advanced.more...

KSysGuard: The Green Paper

This green paper summarizes user comments regarding needs and wishes for a new KSysGuard and presents a couple of mockups to initiate the discussion at the KDE forums.more...

Tracking changes with Libreoffice

The Libreoffice UX team shows a proposal for the management of change tracking. It intends to have a comprehensive and good-looking overview but with the flexibility to add future enhancements.more...

Rapid UI development for TrustBridge

TrustBridge is a secure root certificate installer for Windows and Linux. In this article we outline the development of the User Experience.more...

How to make Libreoffice Customization usable

Libreoffice customization is quite powerful in terms of functionality but has some room for improvement regarding usability. This blog post starts the discussion about requirements with the current scope and shows some mockups that might be an improvement to the current design.more...

Standard toolbar in Libreoffice

The Libreoffice design team discussed the results of the last survey about some functions in the toolbar. In this posting we share our conclusions.more...

How could KTracks look like?

In a series of articles we illustrate the user centered design process from scratch, based on a still missing application in the KDE world: KTracks, an endurance activity tracker. In this part #3 we present mockups of the application.more...

What do you require from KTracks?

In a series of articles we illustrate the user centered design process from scratch, based on a still missing application in the KDE world: KTracks, an endurance activity tracker. In this part #2 we talk about requirements.more...

What is KTracks?

In a series of articles we illustrate the user centered design process from scratch, based on a still missing application in the KDE world: KTracks, an endurance activity tracker.more...

Vote for your Keyboard Layout Switcher plasmoid

Please vote for your favored design and workflow of the KDE keyboard switcher plasmoid.more...

Reprise of Akademy 2014: KCM for network manager

Based on a BoF workshop and discussions during the Akademy 2014, we present a proposal for discussion how to integrate the network manager settings into KDE's system setting.more...

Akademy: Getting Usability / UX advice for your project

To get Usability and UX advice for your project, Akademy is the perfect place. If you are interested, please register your project in our 'User Interface Design Room' timetable.more...

Active seminar for user-centered development

Modern product development puts the user in the center at an early stage. Our active seminar equips you with the knowledge you need to do so.more...

Tax Return: Now even easier!

User Prompt supports the Akademische Arbeitsgemeinschaft in their revision of the tax software 'SteuerSparErklärung'. The first improvements were made on the home page.more...

Tip the tool: How to label toolbar functions

Toolbar functions should be labeled consistently starting with a verb which is followed by noun or adverb. We present recommendations to label the functions on Libreoffice' standard toolbar.more...

Quo vadis, Dolphin? Results from the developers study.

We report the results of our Dolphin developer study and outline the follow-up study with users. Next to feedback we are looking for translation support.more...

Quick wins: Conclusions of the Libreoffice icon test

Some of the icons of LibreOffice are confusing. Based on the findings of our last study we present some quick and easy changes that improve functionality.more...

Usability Engineering for Medical Devices following ISO/IEC 62366

Medical devices are subject to highest security conditions. To avoid misuse we adapted our development process to be compliant with the ISO 62366.more...