Usability, user-centered design (UCD) and FOSS

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In this presentation we will be covering:

  • What is usability and user-centered design.
  • What usability isn't.
  • What are the benefits of it's use?
  • Introduction to some different UCD techniques.
  • Examples of usability efforts in the open source arena.


Keywords: Usability, User-Centered Design, UCD, Interface Design, Evaluation, Free Software, Open Source Software
Stream: Software Development
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Usability, user-centered design (UCD) and FOSS


Scott Rippon

User Interface Designer, Information Technology Services division, Monash University
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Scott has worked as a Web Developer (Faculty of Arts) and User Interface Designer (Information Services division) at Monash University since 2001. Working for ITS, Scott has been involved in a number of projects. These include designing and evaluating user interfaces using user-centered design techniques such as usability testing, paper prototyping and card sorting. Scott has also helped develop and facilitate training programs on topics such as writing for the web, quality assurance, and web accessibility. Scott is keenly interested in web accessibility and is a member of the Web Accessibility Network for Australian Universities (WANAU). Other personal interests include robotics, philosophy and international development, which he is presently studying with the hope of making the world a better place.

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