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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?
interested in an approach that builds upon Object Oriented Research known as Design Patterns, also known as Claims.
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
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.
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:
- "Web Based & Client Side Development
Tools" 478 pages, pub. Bloor Research (1997) ISBN 1-874160-28-7
- "The Realities of Network Computing" 236
pages, pub Bloor Research (1998) ISBN 1-87416-32-5
and Hardware Technology
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.
Consultancy for the European Commission
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