Usability Literature

As I was contemplating what to write in my first post, I started thinking of last Tuesday, when I was attending the Dutch data quality award ceremony in Amsterdam. A very interesting event, organized by the data quality committee of the DDMA ( Dutch Dialogue and Direct Marketing Association).

After a presentation by TomTom on sharing map information through a community, I participated in a kind of bizarre discussion on usability of data, the value of open source data quality communities and literature. This last discussion topic was triggered by the oftentimes enigmatic dialogue boxes in Windows; “Are you sure that you are certain that you want to quit this application?”

As the discussion continued I wondered how a more literary approach would enhance the value of user interfaces. Here’s an example (with gratitude to my good friend Cronopio):

If Shakespeare had been a GUI designer

Now that’s usability value!