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The academic and technical disciplines that impact screen interface design include Applied and Cognitive Psychology, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Ergonomics, and Computer Science. Terms used within those different disciplines include Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Human Factors, and Man Machine Interface (MMI).

From an academic perspective, much of the work we do at Khodes is best described as HCI consultancy.

Overlapping academic and technical disciplines

Taking a broad view of research, as consultants we have an interest in the practical application of theory to solve design problems, and effective means to transmit our knowledge and the relevant theory to our clients.

Currently it is very difficult to take research performed in academic environments where extraneous factors are tightly controlled, and apply the findings to the unconstrained and diverse world of commercial software development. At a more basic level there is also the question of whether psychological theories relevant to the design of computer interfaces can be considered «proven” if the only evidence of their predictive or explanatory power lies in experiments performed a purely academic environment.

Practical application of theory?
We are interested in an approach that builds upon Object Oriented Research known as Design Patterns, also known as Claims. Design Patterns
Taking a narrower perspective, there are technical issues that require resolution in specific technical and commercial environments. The theoretical content is often less important here, as designers need effective «rules of thumb» which can be applied to solve specific problems.
A specific problem is the readability of Screen fonts.  This is an important practical issue for designers today as there are competing issues of screen space, software resources and aesthetics to be balanced. Screen Fonts
An understanding of software and hardware technology and their future directions is an important factor in the design of software products and applications. Without out, for an example, a good understanding of Java, its prospects and the commercial pressures acting upon its sponsors, it is difficult to design a product or application that will still be useful and supportable in 3 years time.

David Singleton, is the Technical Director of Khodes.  He is the author of:

  1. "Web Based & Client Side Development Tools" 478 pages, pub. Bloor Research (1997)  ISBN 1-874160-28-7
  2. "The Realities of Network Computing" 236 pages, pub Bloor Research (1998)  ISBN 1-87416-32-5
Software and Hardware Technology
and  has acted as a consultant to the EC's Esprit Research programme.

He sat on a funding committee to evaluate research proposals in the Human Factors area, and subsequently became a member of the project board responsible for overseeing the progress of the SPACE-UFO project. The SPACE UFO project aimed to improve methods for capturing and assuring user requirements within software development projects.

Research Consultancy for the European Commission
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