User Centered Design Process

How can a development process look like that puts the user in the center? And how does this fit with the development process of your product? Fact: The user is perhaps the most important fellow campaigner in the development process. Give him a voice!

Baloo KCM

KDE sprint in Randa boosts productivity since VDG members and developers talk directly to each other. In this blog post we present an alternative for the configuration of Baloo file search that meets the guidelines for KCMs.more...

Look and Feel of Plasma sidebars

KDE sprint in Randa boosts productivity since VDG members and developers talk directly to each other. Goal of this proposal is to unify the user experience of Plasma sidebars.more...

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...

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...

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...

KSysGuard: What are your requirements from a system monitor?

The KDE system monitor needs an update. In the first step we like to ask you to join the brainstorming about requirements. What do you want integrated into KSysGuard?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...

Spring break for the KDE system monitor

KSysGuard underperformes in both visual as well as functional respect. Unfortunately it is not actively maintained yet so we are looking for developers first before starting with ideas about the redesign.more...

Libreoffice Design Session: Inserting a Chart

The Libreoffice UX team presents ideas for an updated workflow to insert charts. We show mockups how the dialog may look like and idea how to tweak your graph to perfection.more...

Libreoffice Design Session: Shapes

The Libreoffice UX team presents two proposals on how to access shapes from the sidebar, with the goal to unify the look and feel of Libreoffice tools and to get more space for additional categories of shapes.more...

Libreoffice Design Session: Special Character

The Libreoffice UX team presents two proposals for an improved dialog to insert special characters. While the first option was designed with a good balance between effort and benefit in mind, the second solution would be really awesome.more...

Libreoffice Design Session: CMIS Improvement

The Libreoffice UX team presents a proposal for an improved integration of content management interoperability services (CMIS). It was the outcome of the second 'design session' that will be conducted regularly.more...

Libreoffice Design Session: Entries at Indexes and Tables

The Libreoffice UX team presents a proposal for an improved dialog to tweak the entries of table of contents. It was the outcome of the first 'design session' that will be conducted regularly.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...

How people utilize Libreoffice Impress

In the last couple of weeks, we ran several surveys in order to gather user feedback on optimizations we were making to the toolbar and applications of Libreoffice. In this posting we present the results for Impress.more...

Using the Kano method to prioritize requirements

On the basis of data from the user survey about KGet we show how to apply the Kano method for use in massively multi-user online surveys.more...

What people think about KGet

We present the results of the survey how people currently use KGet.more...

How do you use Libreoffice Impress?

Please participate in a survey about your workflow with Libreoffice Impress and how you want to have its toolbar configured by default.more...

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

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

Results of survey about Libreoffice Calc’s toolbar configuration

We present the results from the survey about toolbar usage in Libreoffice Calc.more...

Once again: Survey on Libreoffice Calc’s toolbar

Please participate in a short survey on configuration of Libreoffice Calc's toolbar.more...

How do you want Libreoffice Calc’s toolbar configured?

Please participate in another short survey, now on how you want to have Libreoffice Calc's toolbar configured by default.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...

Free Usability Mentoring during Qt Developer Days Europe

Due to the generous sponsoring of KDAB, we are able to offer free Usability and User Experience mentoring sessions during Qt Developer Days Europe 2014.more...

Reprise of Akademy 2014: Artikulate

During Akademy 2014 BoFs we scrutinized some applications usability and visual design. In this article we present the outcome of our work with the KDE pronunciation trainer 'Artikulate'.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...

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...

How to use Balsamiq Mockups

Balsamiq Mockups is an application that allows to arrange pre-built widgets using a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG editor. It is used to create drafts for the discussion of preliminary solutions in the user-centered development. We introduce the tool and give some advices for best practice.more...

Results of Card Sorting the KDE System Settings

Recently we run a survey on KDE's system setting with the goal to rearrange the control modules. Here we present the results and discuss a possible structure for the future system settings.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...

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...

Looking back: LibreOffice Conference in Paris

I have been attending the great LibreOffice 2011 Conference in Paris and held a presentation about the problems of finding the gold in the input user provide.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...