Human Interface, The: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems By Jef Raskin
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This chapter explains that the nature of interfaces and of interface design is widely misunderstood. There is more to interfaces than windows, icons, pull-down menus, and mice. The need to take interface design into account early in the design cycle is sometimes overlooked. Another factor often overlooked is the commonality in the cognitive equipment handed out to all of us. We must take into account common factors before we can deal with the differences among individual humans. Unfortunately, the tools widely available for interface construction are inadequate to this task.
I reject the idea that computers are difficult to use because what we do with them has become irretrievably complicated. No matter how complex the task a product is trying to accomplish, the simple parts of the task should remain simple. This chapter ends with a definition of a humane interface.